Housing company Persimmon apologises for disruption caused in Mynyddygarreg during development construction
A HOUSING company has apologised for the disruption caused to Mynyddygarreg residents during the construction of a new development.
Long-term fierce opposition was made against plans for the new build, which began work last May — with residents claiming traffic issues were not resolved.
People living near the site have since complained that contractors are causing disruption, with large vehicles reportedly getting stuck on narrow roads and having to use private driveways to reverse.
Now, more than a year later, resident Vivian Summers said the area was still being hit by the impact of construction works, leading to Huw Llewellyn, Managing Director of Persimmon Homes West Wales to issue an apology.
Mr Summers said: "We in Mynyddygarreg are still being badly affected by lorries blocking the highway, unloading materials which should be done on site, delivering materials to the site outside the school children's movement times and reversing long HGVs over 100 metre distances despite those dangers.
"They have totally disregarded the agreed conditions placed by the planning application approval.
"They know all these conditions before submitting their plans, but carry on regardless.
"It seems hypocritical that Persimmon are quite happy to accept terms and conditions imposed when they strongly pursue their planning applications, but want to change, or ignore, many of these conditions when it inconveniences them, after gaining planning approval."
Mr Llewellyn said: "We would like to apologise to local residents for any disruption they may have experienced due to construction vehicles.
"Throughout the construction works at the Dan y Bryn development in Mynyddygarreg we have maintained a dialogue with the local community and school through a series of residents' meetings and information issued in newsletters.
"Where contractors and delivery vehicles have struggled to access the site we have dealt with the situation promptly."
The managing director said as the development is nearing completion, the volume of site traffic in the area has already reduced and will continue in the coming weeks.
And he underlined the company's contribution to the local community.
"In this instance we provided £35,000 to the local authority specifically for off site highway improvements and also purchased land next to the existing access on Horeb Road in order to improve visibility at the junction," Mr Llewellyn said.
"Additional funding has been provided to the local authority including over £75,000 for open spaces and over £29,000 for education, which will be enjoyed by the whole community, not just those at the Persimmon development."