DEVELOPERS have been urged to offer some Christmas cheer to “exasperated” residents by keeping on top of maintenance problems. 

Flooding, delayed tree planting and difficulties getting hold of staff have all sparked irritation, according to Yarm independent Andrew Sherris, pictured below. 

But Taylor Wimpey has vowed to take action at its Morley Carr Farm development, off Allerton Balk, to sort out the troubles. 

Heavy rain in recent weeks saw a stretch of the path at the Taylor Wimpey development submerged. Rubble has also washed away stones from a pathway behind the Bellway and Barratt Homes estates, off Green Lane.

Cllr Sherris believed it was a symptom of wider problems. He said: “We see this all the time. Companies come along and jump through hoops initially thinking everything is fine. 

“My issue is getting them to maintain what they have and in many cases renew items without constantly having to chase them up.

“Residents get exasperated trying to get action either via their sales office or through the firm’s customer services.”

Cllr Sherris first sat as a councillor in 1983 and has regularly campaigned to see planning conditions agreed in “Section 106” agreements completed in a timely fashion.

These are deals struck between councils and developers – with planning permission granted in return for infrastructure work on paths, parks, roads and other facilities for the good of an area.

Cllr Sherris added: “We have Taylor Wimpey who started off well but are slow to provide infrastructure, sort out flooded paths and renew tree planting.

“Before the Christmas break, it would be good if all developers stood back and looked at their sites and asked if there was anything needed to do to raise standards.”

A spokeswoman for Taylor Wimpey North Yorkshire said the firm was aware of flooding on the footpath at Morley Carr Farm – calling it an “unfortunate result” of “uncharacteristically heavy rainfall”.

She added safety was the company’s “highest priority” and revealed an engineer had visited the site on Monday. The spokeswoman said: “We will be working closely with residents to identify a suitable resolution as quickly as possible. We regularly assess developments for any ongoing maintenance requirements and are responsible for ensuring any dead or damaged trees are replaced as needed. We would like to assure residents that any groundworks are undertaken as necessary, weather permitting, with new trees expected to be planted in the new year for the coming spring.”

A spokeswoman for Barratt Homes said the land in question did not belong the firm. 

A Bellway spokesperson said: “Adverse weather conditions have disrupted our schedule of maintenance on the open space at the front of Conyers Green, but please rest assured that works will be back on track as soon as the weather allows it.”

A spokesman for Stockton Council added: “Maintenance is largely a matter for developers as much of the open spaces and landscaping issues are often the responsibility of private management companies to look after. “Planning enforcement would become involved if there has been a breach of planning control – such as planning conditions not being complied with, or a Section 106 agreement which hasn’t been adhered to.”