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Mexborough eyesore area is cleaned up

(l-r) Cllrs Tracey Leyland-Jepson, Dave Holland, and Sue Phillips with Mark Willoughby and Ben Redfern, of St Leger Homes are clearing up the Windhill estate, Mexborough. Picture: Andrew Roe

(l-r) Cllrs Tracey Leyland-Jepson, Dave Holland, and Sue Phillips with Mark Willoughby and Ben Redfern, of St Leger Homes are clearing up the Windhill estate, Mexborough. Picture: Andrew Roe

A derelict housing estate which has become a magnet for flytippers has finally been cleaned up following pressure from councillors and residents.

Locals claim the Windhill estate in Mexborough had been left to rot since more than 100 homes were cleared from the site several years ago.

New homes were due to be built there as part of the Housing Market Renewal Pathfinder Programme but the scheme was abandoned due to Government funding cuts in March 2011.

The vacant land has since become strewn with litter but workmen from St Leger Homes have been on site this week to clear rubbish and cut the overgrown grass.

Ward councillor David Holland said he had been lobbying St Leger Homes and Doncaster Council for some time to get workmen on site.

He said: “They originally agreed to do it last November but there has been a delay because they were waiting for the right equipment to be delivered.

“But they have been doing the work this last week and it is looking much better.

“It was a complete eyesore for residents.”

Susan Jordan, chief executive of St Leger Homes, vowed to ensure staff will keep the site maintained.

She said: “It is important to keep this area tidy so it does not have a negative effect on the surrounding neighbourhood. Our caretaking team will continue to maintain it as far as resources allow.”

 

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