Wellingborough resident unhappy after tree cut down as part of Stanton Cross work

The Midland Road junction with Elsden Road and Senwick Road
The Midland Road junction with Elsden Road and Senwick Road

The developer behind Stanton Cross has met with a resident after concerns were raised about work taking place near her home.

Louise Griffiths recently bought a house in Midland Road, Wellingborough, but with no knowledge of the new development which will be the largest growth in the town since the 1960s, she contacted Bovis Homes for answers.

One of the trees in Midland Road

One of the trees in Midland Road

She was unhappy after a large tree outside her house was cut down and about changes being made to the road junction, which she says she was unaware of despite having searches carried out when buying the property.

Mrs Griffiths said they are ‘devastated’ about the loss of the tree and the junction changes.
She fears the house will be worth less because of this, and she added: “We have a very very noisy junction about to appear, we have no protection from the tree and the ugly view we now have, all so they can widen the junction which functions very well as it is right now. “

As part of the Stanton Cross development, Bovis Homes is required to undertake a series of road improvements to assist with traffic flow and improve junction safety.

Six trees in Midland Road will be removed as part of the initial site clearance work.

One of the trees which have been cut down

One of the trees which have been cut down

Paul Soutar of Bovis Homes, divisional operations director responsible for Stanton Cross, recently met with Mrs Griffiths and he said: “As part of Stanton Cross, major improvements to the local road network will take place.

“Improvements to the junction of Midland Road/Senwick Road are part of these works and the tree removal on Midland Road is an initial part of this.

“When complete the junction improvements will assist traffic flows in the area and make the junction safer.

“As soon as we were made aware of Mrs Griffiths’ concerns, we made arrangements to meet with her to apologise personally for any upset caused by the tree removal.

“During this meeting we also explained in detail the works that had to be carried out and the reasons for them.

“In future, we will work with our contractors to ensure that all communications about necessary, ongoing works are appropriately signposted through the Stanton Cross website and Twitter account.”

Stanton Cross will be the largest growth the town has seen since the 1960s, including new houses as well as shops, schools, commercial space, a town park, community centre and doctor’s surgery.

Major improvements to roads and public transport will also take place.

Stanton Cross will create about 300 jobs a year over the construction period, as well as more than 3,000 additional permanent jobs once the project is completed.