Angry town councillors are summoning Taunton Deane housing chief Cllr Terry Beale to their next meeting to explain why the new 26 houses and flats at Rockwell Green are unfinished with no completion date in sight.
“Lots of people are looking forward to either moving back home or moving in for the first time and it’s not good enough,” said Cllr Andy Govier after town clerk Greg Dyke told the meeting that TDBC had been unable to answer his inquiries about when the development would be finished. A number of existing pre-fabhouses and the Weavers Arms pub were demolished in 2016 to clear the site.
“Someone working there told me that all the budget had been used up and there was no money left to finish the job,” said Cllr Marcus Barr, who first raised the issue on behalf of the town council. “I can’t see them being finished before Christmas and that’s too long for families desperate to move back in.”
Cllr John Thorne described theTaunton council’s handling of the situation as “calamitous” and added “they changed the type of housing on offer without consulting us and now it’s ridiculously late in completion.”
Cllr Mark Lithgow summed up the mood of the meeting say: “ Cllr Beale needs to be here to explain himself. Nobody is taking responsibility for this mess.”