11th May 2014
Residents of the Highpoint Estate, Stradishall are taking their campaign to London next month when we go to meet Prisons Minister Jeremy Wright at the House of Commons.
The meeting on Monday 9 June will be our first chance to put our case in person to the minister and argue the claim that successive Governments have treated the residents very unfairly.
When people bought their houses on the estate they paid money each year, in good faith, towards the upkeep of the roads. Some paid direct to the prison while others paid to lawyers acting on behalf of the prison. Yet no maintenance or repairs were ever done. As a result, the roads are now in a very poor state. The only work done in recent years has been competed by the residents themselves fed up by years of inaction and shirking by the government.
Although I have been helping the residents with their campaign, ever since I was elected last year, so far the MoJ has twice given us the brush off saying the residents own the roads.
My job in the coming weeks is to collate and log all the evidence we have compiled from residents’ mortgage offers, title deeds, conveyance papers, invoices and receipts to show they paid and the Home Office and then the MoJ had the duty of care regarding the roads.