Well-built, affordable housing is crucial for families here in the Dean. The Oakdale development in Lydney, constructed in partnership between MMC2 Land and Regeneration, Bromfield Housing Association and the Kier Group, had the potential to provide quality homes and a community that local people could be proud of. However, construction problems, a lack of appropriate infrastructure and a total disregard for residents’ needs, means that residents are left unhappy and frustrated.
Steve Parry-Hearn, Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate, has been listening to the plight of Oakdale Residents. He says:
“I have been deeply dismayed and surprised to learn that there are a significant number of issues as yet unresolved or completed across the entire project area.”
“As well as cracked walls and unsurfaced pathways, there is no school, no local shop, no effective road and pedestrian connections, and far from sufficient public transport links into town.”
“As it stands at present, this project is unfinished, and has left a small community feeling isolated and abandoned.”
By far the biggest frustration for the Oakdale Residents’ Association is the fact that none of the stake-holders is prepared to take responsibility, or take appropriate action. Demanding action for the residents of the Oakdale estate, Steve Parry-Hearn is calling for all involved to join him at a meeting, so that residents’ views can be properly heard, and an effective action plan for resolving these issues can be drawn up.