New-build estate plagued by ‘blocked drains, waste water lake and dumped rubbish’


Jonathan Shackleton has hit out at developers of his estate complaining of a large “lake” formed in the centre of it, drains clogged with mud and dumped rubbish

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A homeowner says he feels like he is living on a “building site” which is an “environmental disaster waiting to happen”.

Jonathan Shackleton has hit out at developers of his estate, complaining of a large “lake” formed in the centre of it, drains clogged with mud and dumped rubbish.

Mr Shackleton’s dream of owning a brand-new home on one of Hull’s most desirable estates is in tatters, Hull Live reports.

The 51-year-old moved in four years ago, but is now one of few original occupants still here after several others sold up.

He has hit out at developers of the estate off Wawne Road in Kingswood and warned of impending “disaster” if issues are not sorted out.

The Pioneer Way resident said when family visit, they wonder why he lives there.

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A Hull City Council spokesperson said they would ask developers to deal with the blocked drains urgently after Mr Shackleton said he feared flooding could take place.

A spokesperson for Keepmoat Homes, one of three developers working on the site, said it would inform other companies also building there that areas should be kept free from waste.

Mr Shackleton, who works in housing estate management, said he was happy with his home when he first moved in.

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But he added he feared water in the middle of the site could flood homes and was unhappy with waste being dumped there and the failure to keep roads clean.

Mr Shackleton said: “I first moved here four years ago and I’m still living on a building site.

“Originally there were going to be 900 homes but that was cut to 690, they’re going to be building this for another 10 years.

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“The houses themselves are nice, I was happy with mine when I first got here.

“But it’s opposite where a lot of water’s now gathered, it’s an environmental disaster waiting to happen.

“There’s so much water there now that ducks are swimming in it.

“They’re moving so much mud around everywhere that we’ve now got man made hills which the water runs off as well.

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“Loads of rubbish has been dumped there from the building works.

“When family come up to stay they wonder why I live here.

“The developer’s done absolutely nothing about it and mud from the roads hasn’t been cleaned up either.

“It’s not only on the roads but mud and dirt is getting on people’s drives, I think they have a wheel washer but I don’t know how often they use it.

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“And all the drains are totally blocked, there’s no water going down them. If we get heavy rain there will be rivers running through the roads.

“We’ve got dumpers going up and down the roads all the time, it’s not the workers’ fault though they’re just doing their jobs.

“The developer has them working on a few different jobs at once, normally a project manager on a site like this would get them focusing on one thing at a time.

“They’re doing 10 jobs at once when they should be doing one.

“If they build on there then where’s the water going to go?”

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He continued: “We need proper drainage, this needs sorting out. As for the waste, anyone else would get a skip in and take it away.

“A lot of people living here are very frustrated by it all, I know a couple of people who’ve sold and left already and I don’t blame them.

“People don’t want to live on a building site like this for another 10 years.

“They must despair when they look out at this. Our local councillors get a lot of flak for it but it’s not fair on them, they’ve done nothing wrong.

“It’s a shame because Kingswood’s a great area, it’s really up and coming.

“And you can see the difference on the sites next to us, they’re all orderly and tidy and they’ve screened them off from view.”

A Keepmoat Homes spokesperson said: “The site at Wawne Road is being developed by a consortium of developers.

“Given the scale of the construction area and with three different developers on site at the same time (Keepmoat, Strata and Engie), there are always occupied areas in close proximity to elements of live construction for short periods of time as the development progresses.

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“We are unable to pinpoint the exact location of the residents’ complaints but we will ensure that all parties on site are informed of the issues and aware that all areas of the development should be kept free from debris and waste.”

A Hull City Council spokesperson said: “The council is not directly responsible for this site, as it is being brought forward by a private developer.

“However, blocked drains on the site could potentially create problems and may be the reason for the standing water.

“Therefore, we will ask the developer to deal with this as a matter of urgency.

“While some of it is not unusual for a construction site, the collapsed fencing needs to be addressed, and we will also bring this to the attention of the developer.”

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