We live on nightmare newbuild estate riddled with issues YEARS after we moved in – it's brutal & no one will help | The Sun

FUMING residents on a nightmare newbuild estate say it is riddled with issues years after they moved in – and no one will help.

The homeowners on the Millbrook development in Nunthorpe, Teesside said the developer failed to clean up eyesore piles of bricks and rubble left behind by builders.

They claimed road surfaces were relaid only a matter of weeks ago, after a six-year wait – but the estate still does not have any much-needed speed bumps.

Residents are also still unhappy with the gardens and green spaces and say they struggle to get straight answers from developer Avant Homes.

The local council has even painted blue marks flagging required improvements in areas across the estate.

Dot Harris, 78, moved into her £287,000 semi-detached home, which was one of the last to be built, 16 months ago.

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She said: "I've asked, and asked, and asked them to re-do my back garden but I'm still waiting.

"I've heard other people say that if it rains it turns their gardens turn to mud because there's no drainage in.

Dot added: "The roads aren't finished either and the pavements have got bits sticking out of them.

"We have lots of children on this estate and we need speed bumps for their safety."

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A green space on the estate lined with trees was initially a seated area before it was used as a scrapheap for building material – and has only just been cleared.

Redd Gogna, 58, said: "It was initially a greenbelt with seven trees but one day without any warning they turfed it up to complete the estate.

"They said they would restore it to it's natural state but that hasn't happened.

"When you speak to them it's very matter of fact and they are slow to respond.

"You do feel as though you're getting fobbed off."

He added: "You can see from the roads and pavements what a botch job it has been.

"The plan was to put speed bumps on the roads when they were completed but they've finally been done and there's no sign of any.

"If they kept us informed there wouldn't be an issue but the communication has been really poor."


Dominic Dunn, 41, said: "There were little things like they put the hot and cold water the wrong way around.

"The pavements have been trashed by the trucks but as far as they're concerned they're fine and they're completed.

"When you ask them what they're doing they say they'll let us know but you never hear from them."

A mum on the estate said: "It's been absolutely brutal.There's a lot of young kids who can't play on the communal areas because of the way they've left it.

"There were broken nails and bits of metal. We all pay for the upkeep of it but yet you can't use any of it and the kids don't go outside.

"Our kids are 12 and 14 now but they've never been able to play because of the state of things.

"We also waited ages for the roads to be done. We just want everything finished now.

"Our garden is horrendous too and needs to be relaid. We've raised issues with Avant a long time ago but you don't hear anything."

Avant Homes said: "We are conducting a full review of the development with our sub-contractors to address the estate’s open spaces.

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"This includes identifying and rectifying any matters which relate to the landscaping of the development’s green spaces and gardens.

"Work on the final surfacing of the roads will also be undertaken on the northern element of the development, and any outstanding remedial work across the whole site will be completed."

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