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Dickens Heath roads are "unacceptable" claims resident

Andrew Thurbon wrote to the council’s highways agency to demand they take action on the crumbling Rumbush Lane

Jaguar Land Rover
Jaguar Land Rover

A SUPERVISOR at Jaguar Land Rover has called upon Solihull Council to sort out the “unacceptable” condition of some borough roads.

Andrew Thurbon, who works in the product development department at Gaydon, wrote to the council’s highways agency to complain that Rumbush Lane, in Dickens Heath, is collapsing.

“Why hasn’t Solihull Council taken on the responsibility of the section of Rumbush Lane once owned by Parkridge Homes,” he asked. “Several accidents have already been reported on this road.

“I am a council tax payer and would like to know where my money is going? Dickens Heath has been left in neglect.

“Does somebody have to be killed of seriously injured in Dickens Heath before the council takes any action?

“Now the council are considering plans to build more homes. It’s obvious that the road infrastructure is falling apart. Why are the residents of Dickens Heath been made to suffer?”

The state of the roads in the village has previously been condemned by local residents, who have accused the local authority of not stepping in to carry out repairs following the collapse of Parkridge - the developer who drove the expansion of the area.

Last autumn, Dickens Heath Parish Council was concerned that routine maintenance had ground to a halt.

Ward councillor Ken Hawkins (Con, Blythe) admitted the roads were in a poor state and confirmed that temporary work was due to be carried out shortly.

“It’s fair to say it hasn’t been maintained very well. Whose to blame for that is in debate.

“Residents have been piggy in the middle of that.

“The borough and parish council has agreed to do some temporary repairs on the road, which will begin very soon.”

Coun Hawkins said the repairs were only temporary as Dickens Heath managing company’s liquidators had agreed to carry out outstanding development works behind the garden squares.

But these required heavy vehicles which could damage the surrounding roads.

“It would be foolish to pay for expensive repairs to the roads until the development works are complete,” he said.

He added the liquidators were also in discussions with a developer to complete the garden squares.



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