Walpole Meadows developer to replace damaged hedgerows
The developer of Walpole Meadows has reassured concerned residents that it will commence planting of replacement hedgerows "imminently".
A spokesperson for Bloor Homes said it was aware of concerns raised regarding completion of external works at the site and accepted that there had been delays.
Its comments follow demands from villagers and parish councillors for the developer to finish the job and tidy up the areas where security fencing had been abandonned and ancient hedgerows ripped out along the border with Pennington Lane, designated a protected 'Quiet Lane' by Essex County Council.
Resident Ray Woodcock last week called on the develop to clear up the mess after months of inaction.
In a statement, it said: "In part, this has been due to inclement weather and adverse conditions at the site itself which have prevented us from completing works within the planned timescales or has resulted in us redesigning approved works. However, we are now progressing these works.
"We have not been made aware of security fencing that has been abandoned, and we work closely with our contractors to ensure that any fencing that may have been affected by the high winds over the weekend is re-erected.
"In reference to the hedge planting along Pennington Lane, this has not been forgotten, preparation works and subsequent planting to meet the obligations of the planning permission are due to commence imminently."
It added: "Although the Bloor Homes phase of development has finished, the remainder of the site is still under construction and therefore in certain cases, site-wide infrastructure works have been programmed accordingly."