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MP brokers meeting over ‘serious defects’ at Woodley housing development

Rob Wilson visits Loddon Park
MP for Reading East Rob Wilson (right) meets with residents of Loddon Park in Woodley

ANGRY residents of a new housing development in Woodley have been reassured that action will be taken over ‘serious defects’ in their new homes.

MP for Reading East Rob Wilson visited the Taylor Wimpey development Loddon Park on October 14 to speak with residents and managing director of the building firm Tim Betts.

Homeowners have been left furious after discovering their brand new homes failed to meet building regulations, and their gardens were left flooded by poor drainage systems.

It is believed that up to 30 properties have been affected by what has been described as ‘sub-standard workmanship’, with some residents waiting more than a year for their problems to be fixed.

Mr Wilson said: “My office has been working with these residents over the past 14 months to press Taylor Wimpey into urgent corrective action. Every issue highlighted has been raised with the developer for immediate attention and, whilst Taylor Wimpey insists that progress is being made, this is nowhere near fast enough for my constituents – some of whom have been waiting over a year for the deficiencies in their homes to be addressed.

“It’s clear that these has been a complete breakdown in trust between Loddon Park residents and the developer; with the former having very little confidence in the latter’s ability – and indeed, its commitment – to deliver the homes that were promised.

“I hope that Mr Betts’ presence on site, and his numerous conversations with residents, will have focused Taylor Wimpey’s mind on the full extent of the problem and will act as a catalyst for swift and substantive remedial action. He will be writing to me in shortly to offer feedback on the visit and set out unequivocally the actions that will be taken. This will be shared with residents.   

“I will continue to press Taylor Wimpey to deliver for my constituents, both in public and in private, and I encourage residents to contact my office with any outstanding issues requiring rectification.”

A Taylor Wimpey spokesperson said: “We would like to apologise to the residents who are

experiencing issues with their homes at Loddon Park, and to reassure them that we are fully

focused on completing our programme of remedial works as soon as possible.

“We welcomed the opportunity to update Rob Wilson MP and Councillor Richard Dolinski at

Loddon Park on Friday 14 th October regarding the progress we are making. We will continue

to liaise closely with the individual homeowners and keep the MP updated as these works


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