Home­own­ers in green space fury

Res­i­dents want ar­eas main­tained un­til fac­tor found

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Edel Ke­nealy

Res­i­dents of a Cam­bus­lang new-build es­tate say the builder must main­tain the green space within the de­vel­op­ment un­til a per­ma­nent fac­tor for the scheme can be found.

Home­own­ers in the Lairds Gate es­tate were told just two weeks ago that build­ing com­pany Bell­way had ceased to be re­spon­si­ble for the up­keep of com­mon ar­eas on April 1, 2016.

And while the ar­range­ment was doc­u­mented in the ti­tle deeds of the prop­er­ties, signed by many up to nine years ago, res­i­dents are fu­ri­ous at the way the trans­fer has been fi­nalised.

Home­own­ers say they re­ceived a let­ter from New­ton Prop­erty Ser­vices to state Bell­way had pro­posed it take over as fac­tor for the green space.

The let­ter, is­sued 10 days be­fore a meet­ing on Satur­day, May 21, stated the pro­posal would pro­ceed should the ma­jor­ity of home­own­ers not op­pose it.

Angela Bil­s­land, who bought her home in the first phase of the de­vel­op­ment seven years ago, said: “Bell­way have walked away from this and not given us any no­tice to say this will be a li­a­bil­ity for us. I have lived here for seven years and this is the first it has been com­mu­ni­cated to us.

“We knew at some point it would hap­pen and prior to this there was a fac­tor charge. That was fine, but to not tell you six months ago what was hap­pen­ing is wrong.

“There has been no con­ver­sa­tion and they have not al­lowed us to de­velop a strat­egy to tackle this.”

Angela added: “We have not ruled out New­ton Prop­erty Ser­vices. We are plan­ning to get to­gether some quotes and ask them to do a pre­sen­ta­tion.

“At the meet­ing they were very in­formed and clearly they knew what they were do­ing.

“The feel­ing is Bell­way should still be main­tain­ing the area un­til this sit­u­a­tion is re­solved. By the time the com­pa­nies go out and look at the land and get a quote to­gether and sub­mit that, it will take time and ul­ti­mately if you get pre­sen­ta­tions as well that could take three months. In the mean­time no one is cut­ting grass or hedges or weed­ing.”

A spokes­woman for Bell­way, which built 100 houses in the New­ton Farm area, said: “Bell­way ap­pointed New­ton Prop­erty Ser­vices a num­ber of years ago to un­der­take the fac­tor­ing ser­vices at Lairds Gate in Cam­bus­lang. At the time of pur­chase res­i­dents would have been made aware of the ap­point­ment by their so­lic­i­tor and within their ti­tle deeds.

“How­ever, if af­ter a pe­riod of time res­i­dents are un­happy with the level of ser­vice of­fered they can form a quo­rum and fol­low­ing a ma­jor­ity vote, can ap­point an al­ter­na­tive fac­tor. Bell­way do not pro­vide fac­tor­ing ser­vices.”

An­gry Angela Bil­s­land and Su­san Fer­gus show the let­ters sent by New­ton Prop­erty Ser­vices

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