Thursday, 28 May 2020.

Persimmon public meeting sees first step to residents’ group

28 August, 2019

A public meeting held in Aylesham with housebuilder Persimmon during August has led to villagers wanting to form a new residents’ group.

Around 40 people attended the meeting at St Peter’s Church, chaired by Aylesham district councillor Linda Keen, to discuss with Persimmon Homes senior management issues around installation of cavity barriers and the maintenance of green spaces on the Aylesham Garden Village development.

Residents claimed there had been confusing messages from Persimmon, a lack of information about the type and scope of cavity barrier inspections and whether or not their homes met fire safety standards.

Persimmon’s south east regional director David Huggett told the meeting that the vast majority of barrier inspections and any resulting work had now been carried out. He agreed that letters would be sent to affected residents confirming their homes complied with the required standards.

Eleven residents have offered to form a steering group to work with Persimmon to improve communication and report back on any other problems on the development, particularly around litter clearing and landscape maintenance. This group, the meeting hoped, would pave the way for a formal residents’ body once the development had been completed in the future.