Residents of Homerton Close and surrounding streets on the newly built Great Hall Park estate in Ellesmere Port have reacted furiously after Cheshire West and Chester Council went back on its promise not to remove a piece of security fencing.
The fence provided a vital barrier between the estate and Lees Lane, which runs to the canal and the industrial land beyond. Residents fear that without the fence, Lees Lane could create an easy escape route for would-be criminals, as well as presenting a danger to their children by making it all too easy for them to access unsafe areas around the canal.
Despite Council bosses providing an assurance that there was no plan to remove the fence when questioned in 2013 by local Councillor, Justin Madders; in January contractors moved in unannounced and carried out the work.
Commenting, Councillor Madders said:
“This is an outrageous situation and residents have every right to feel let down by the Council. There were rumours as far back as 2013 that there was a plan to remove the fence, but I was reassured by Council officers that this would not take place. I have it in black and white in an email sent to me from the Director at the time that there were no plans to remove or replace the fence.
I am appalled that this work has now taken place without any notice being given to either me or the residents. This is yet another example of this Conservative Council riding roughshod over the residents that it is there to serve.
I have emailed Council staff looking for answers, but nobody has had the courtesy to get back to me. I am continuing to press for the fence to be reinstated and for the Council to answer for its actions. It is disgraceful that residents have been misled in this way.”