Connor Developments fined by Hastings Borough Council

Pictured from left to right are residents Jill and Dave Baker, Sandra James, Steve Bowles and ward councillor Phil Scott SUS-150422-113750001
Pictured from left to right are residents Jill and Dave Baker, Sandra James, Steve Bowles and ward councillor Phil Scott SUS-150422-113750001

Residents living near Queensway who have long campaigned for traffic calming along the busy main road look set to have their dreams realised.

Development firm, Connor Developments (UK) LLP was fined more than £1,000 for failing to install a pedestrian refuge across Queensway by Wishing Tree Reservoir.

The section of Queensway where the pedestrian refuge is set to be installed

The section of Queensway where the pedestrian refuge is set to be installed

Connor Developments (UK) LLP was granted permission to build 10 new homes in Catsfield Close on the Mayfield estate in 2012.

One condition set by the authority was to install traffic calming in Catsfield Close as well as a pedestrian refuge in Queensway.

One condition set by the authority was to install traffic calming in Catsfield Close as well providing as a pedestrian refuge in Queensway but no such works have since been carried out more than a year after the houses were built.

Steve Bowles, outgoing chairman of Mayfield Area Residents’ Association (MARA), said the fine was a ‘paltry amount’.

But he added: “It sends out the message that you have to follow planning conditions and procedures.

“Rules are rules.”

Fine

On Friday (April 17) Connor Developments was fined a total of £1,050 by magistrates.

The firm pleaded guilty by post via its solicitor to breaches of planning control notices.

It was fined £500 for each breach and ordered to pay a £50 victim surcharge.

Mr Bowles said: “Queensway is a very dangerous road for people to cross and we’ve been trying to get some sort of measure put in place for the last 20 years.

“A lot of children use Queensway to cross as a short cut, as well as dog walkers and fishermen going to Wishing Tree Reservoir.

“The fine seems a paltry amount but it sends out the message that you have to follow planning rules and procedures.”

Condition

On February 16, Connor Developments breached the terms of an enforcement notice issued on June 18, 2014 by Hastings Borough Council under section 187A of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 six months after the date the notice was served.

Marcus Berrisford, the council’s senior development control enforcement officer, said: “Condition four related to the provision of traffic calming features such as raised tables on Whatlington Way and Catsfield Close and condition five related to providing an adoptable footpath and pedestrian crossing point to recreational land on the south side of Crowhurst Road.

“The developers failed to comply with these conditions and as a result enforcement action has been taken.

“We will remind the developers that they still need to undertake the required works and failure to do so will result in further legal proceedings against them.”

Frustrating

Hollington and Wishing Tree county councillor Phil Scott said: “It’s been a frustrating business for residents who have continuously pushed for safer roads in the area.

“Once the link road opens there will be an increase in the volumes of traffic so we need to make sure that this pedestrian refuge is installed.”

Mark Poulton, representing the developers, said: “On March 19 the county council confirmed all technical details are in place to progress the application to carry out works to the highway.

“They are currently waiting on a draft agreement from the county council.

“We would hope this will be agreed and signed off within the next month.

“Works will then commence as soon as the contractor is available to start.”

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