Residents have expressed their gratitude to county councillor Linda Wootten after her efforts helped to transform Sunningdale Estate’s roads and pathways which had remained unmade for eight years.
Denise Tegerdine, who has lived on Blairgowie Close off St Pierre Avenue since 2006, said: “We were so excited when we bought our new house but the roads were like a bombsite.
“The residents started a campaign to get the work done, but it wasn’t until Linda came along that things started to happen. Without her we couldn’t have done it. I, my fellow campaigner Craig Hermiston and others would like to say thank you.”
Following her election last May, Coun Wootten decided to take action after seeing the appalling condition in which the estate had been left.
She said: “I was so shocked to see the state of the roads. They actually reminded me of the back streets of Tunisia.”
After researching the issue further, in July 2013 Coun Wootten contacted and received feedback from 40 households on the three main roads that had been left unfinished – Cavendish Way, St Pierre Avenue and Portmarnock Way.
At a meeting with Lincolnshire County Council’s highways manager Mark Heaton, they concluded the way forward was to use a clause in the Highways Act of 1980 to force the estate’s developer Persimmon Homes to either finish the site to an adoptable standard or have their bond seized to allow LCC to complete the work.
In addition, pressure was put on the developer through a petition sent to the LCC planning committee by Coun Wootten, who explained: “I spent two days going around and gained over 100 signatures.”
As a result, two of the three roads and pathways have now been completed, with the third Portmarnock Way currently under negotiation.
Coun Wootten added: “I can’t thank nor praise the highways manager enough for the time and effort he has dedicated to working both with and on my behalf in achieving such a satisfactory and pleasing result.”