DEVELOPERS of hundreds of homes in North Bersted have been told to sort out the area’s problems.
A meeting with the housebuilders and councils was held last Friday.
Bersted Parish Council chairman Brian Knight used the occasion to pass on the concerns raised by those who have moved into Bersted Park and Willows Edge.
Cllr Knight told last week’s parish council meeting: “There is nothing definite as to who has responsibilities for all of these issues.
“We have got an infrastructure meeting with the developers. That’s where we have got to place this matter.
“They have to give us answers to it.
“The whole place is so badly designed it’s unbelievable.”
He was among the parish council members who attended a residents’ surgery held by parish councillors Peter Allsopp and David Lainchbury on January 8 on Bersted Park.
A report of the meeting showed the biggest complaints of the 70-80 people who attended were about litter and parking.
Cllr Allsopp said: “Sooner or later there is going to be a serious accident there and somebody is going to get hurt.”
Cllr Lainchbury said a young female motorcyclist was knocked off her two-wheeler the previous weekend but escaped injury.
The estate’s roads lacked room for the three cars many households owned.
“There is going to be a lot more of that.
“As long as nothing is done, there is going to be a risk to people’s safety.
“Parking was the biggest complaint at the meeting.
“There are no speed limit signs, no double yellow lines and no give way markings,” he said.
But Cllr Lainchbury said residents also complained about the lack of litter bins.
“There was a very large complaint about litter.
“I spend a lot of time walking around the estate and there is an increasing amount of alcohol tins in the brambles anywhere and everywhere,” he said.
Residents wanted to see some of the £37,000 set aside for sculptures spent on litter bins, he said.
The meeting was the second of its kind to be held in the past six months.
Anthony McPhillips, the land and planning director at Berkeley Homes, was the only representative of a developer present.
He told the meeting the company could be at the site of some 750 homes until 2020.
Work on the latest phase of houses should start at the end of this month.
Berkeley Homes intended to hand over the large pond, village green and sports pitches on the development to Arun District Council in the next six months.
He was praised by Cllr Lainchbury at the parish council meeting for acting quickly on some of the points raised by residents.