Cottage owner slams ‘mudbath’ site track

The muddy track
The muddy track

A cottage owner has accused a developer of letting a track fall into an ‘appalling’ state – which is now unsafe for use.

Richard Wilmot, who lives close to the King’s Reach development in Biggleswade, says Taylor Wimpey has created a mudbath that he is forced to drive or walk through when travelling to and from his home.

The cottage is one of four located close to Hitchmead Road and Dunton Road, and is usually accessed via a bridleway.

Motorcyclist Richard uses the track on the building site for access, but says his journeys have become gradually more hazardous, especially during the recent rainy weather.

He said: “The appalling workmanship and total disregard for the rights and safety of residents has caused the small number of homes directly inconvenienced by these developers to become an issue.

“We have a very small voice. These are just four cottages that are totally dependent on a private access route that was supposed to be safeguarded in the planning permission for the King’s Reach development.”

Taylor Wimpey have now apologised to Richard and promised to create a permanent access route by the end of Friday (January 24).

A spokesman said: “We are currently completing works at King’s Reach that have involved construction vehicles crossing this track and unfortunately the operation coincided with the recent spell of very wet weather.

“As a result the track has become quite muddy but the matter should be resolved by the end of the week when the crossing will be surfaced with tarmac.

“We have been in regular contact with neighbouring residents about this issue and we apologise for any inconvenience caused.”