Residents living on a Trowbridge housing development of around 300 homes have protested to the developer and the estate management company about their failure to clean up the mess they left behind.

Only a handful of residents attended the site meeting on Wednesday (July 27) in Toucan Street with housing developer Wainhomes (South West) and estate management company Bleinheims.

The meeting was held ahead of a public inquiry starting at the White Horse Enterprise Centre in Trowbridge on August 16 into Wainhomes’ appeal against Wiltshire Council’s refusal to give permission for 91 new homes to be built.

Jody Hawkes, secretary of the 160-strong Residents Southview Park Committee, said: “The meeting with Wainhomes on site was not to discuss the appeal but to discuss why they haven’t finished our estate after completing the last house in 2016 and just leaving us living on a half-finished half handed over mess.”

“It has been really stressful for the past six-seven years because of Wainhomes’ excuses and failure to complete the estate.

“We wanted to book a proper room for the meeting but Wainhomes refused to do that so we had a meeting in the middle of Toucan Street. They only gave us six days’ notice and would not commit to a time, so only a handful of people attended.”

Mrs Hawkes added: “We are not against the new homes. We are objecting strongly to Wainhomes gaining access to the proposed new development from Toucan Street, which is currently a cul-de-sac.”

The Southview Park residents have launched a £5,200 appeal online to fund a Planning/Transport Consultant to attend next month’s public inquiry. So far, they have raised £3,100.

Daniel Cave, the Wiltshire and Trowbridge councillor for Park Ward, said: "I was pleased to have finally met with the technical director of Wainhomes this morning at a meeting organised by resident Jody Hawkes.

“It was a good opportunity to voice the residents’ concerns regarding the exceptionally long time that this development has taken and how the completion is constantly postponed due to minor remedial works.

“Amongst other concerns, I raised and pointed out the terrible work completed by their contractors, including the sheer number of construction debris just left dumped in the mud, grass and bushes.

“Wainhomes have made countless mistakes and I was glad to hear that admission with an apology. I am pleased to have received assurances that changes are being actioned.”

A Wainhomes spokesperson said: “While completion of the development has taken longer than we would have liked, Wainhomes remains committed to ensuring that the infrastructure and landscaping are finished to the necessary adoptable standards as soon as is practically possible.”