A Woodley resident has complained about a property developers’ ‘hazardous’ lack of maintenance to the green areas in front of their home. 

Abigail Joby, a resident of Elm Drive at Loddon Park, contacted The Chronicle after those responsible for the upkeep of the communal outdoor space failed to address the “unacceptable” state it has been left in. 

Taylor Wimpey, one of the UK’s largest home construction companies, claimed on May 22 that they were “liaising with contractors” to arrange for the work to be completed, which to date has not been carried out. 

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However, residents are still being billed for the work by the property management service, FirstPort, despite the “awful state” it has been left in - although the payments haven't been taken. 

Ms Joby said: “I received a bill of £800 for maintenance from First port but the grass outside my house is beyond ridiculous.  

“It is hazardous. Dangerous rubble or builder’s scraps, overgrown weeds, bad seeding. We have been left behind and nothing has been done.” 

Images and video sent to The Chronicle by Ms Joby show the overgrown grass and weeds on the verge, as well as rubble left by trees and ‘potholes’ in the gardens. 

MP for Reading East Matt Rodda has said that he is “concerned” about the approach from Taylor Wimpey and has raised this issue in Parliament. 

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Mr Rodda said: “I am very concerned by the way some developers are treating residents and I am calling on Taylor Wimpey to completely change its approach. 

“I would like to see residents’ issues resolved promptly and that any charges are reasonable and that they are kept to an absolute minimum.” 

Ms Joby claims she has received “no reply” from the developers about her specific complaints and has been “fobbed off” by saying they are communicating with the residents’ association.  

“It’s disgraceful, lazy and needs sorting out,” she added. 

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Taylor Wimpey says it is “finalising a schedule of work” for maintenance of the communal area of green space in question and that residents “will be provided with an update on the timescales” for it to be completed this week. 

A spokesperson for the company said: “We understand the concerns of the residents at our Loddon Park development and apologise for any disruption caused by the delay. Health and safety is our first priority and we have now completed works to address a number of the issues reported to us.  

“We continue to work closely with the management company and Wokingham Borough Council to ensure that any outstanding works to this area of the development are completed at the earliest opportunity.  

“We remain in contact with residents to provide further updates and thank them for their ongoing cooperation.”