‘Forgotten’ Hayfield residents call on council to tidy up

David Mills outside the bungalows on Shudehill Close.
David Mills outside the bungalows on Shudehill Close.

Elderly residents in Hayfield, whose lives are being blighted by long grass and loose paving slabs, say they feel 
forgotten by High Peak 
Borough Council.

David Mills, who lives in a council-owned bungalow on Shudehill Close, said he is ashamed to have friends and family visit due to the ‘eyesore’ state of the land in front of his property.

The walk way from Shudehill Close which leads on to Kinder Road, and is the access for the town for residents of Shudehill Close. The un-evenness of the surface makes for difficult walking for the elderly residents.

The walk way from Shudehill Close which leads on to Kinder Road, and is the access for the town for residents of Shudehill Close. The un-evenness of the surface makes for difficult walking for the elderly residents.

He said: “It’s an absolute disgrace and the council need to come and tidy up their land.

“If it is was me keeping my garden in such a mess people would be on at me to tidy it up, but because it is the council’s responsibility the problem has just grown and grown and is making the area dangerous for the people who live here.”

There are five council-owned bungalows on the close and residents are demanding action.

Diane Smith, whose nan, Annie Bennett, lives in one of the bungalows, said: “Those homes are always last on the list in the eyes of the council.

The garages behind Shudehill Close which are overgrown and neglected with an old car wreck which has been there for two years.

The garages behind Shudehill Close which are overgrown and neglected with an old car wreck which has been there for two years.

“It really is a case of out of sight out of mind with them, but it is just not good enough.

“These people have paid their taxes all their lives and contributed to society, so why now, in their final years, is the council turning its back on them?

“It’s a dangerous situation and the land needs cutting back and clearing.”

A spokesperson for High Peak Borough Council said it was aware of the residents’ comments and would deal with those issues which the authority is responsible for as part of its regular service delivery programme.