Elderly residents are forgotten community
AS A resident of Glenholt Park for the last four years, I welcomed your recent report regarding the anger of residents concerning the run down state of the place.
However, I don't think your report went far enough to uncover the underlying problems within the park.
For the privilege of living on the park we pay a monthly ground rent varying between £125-£162 depending on the size of property as well as water rates of £506 per year, we also pay the full council tax.
Prospective purchasers are promised a life of peace and tranquility to enjoy in their retirement, the park being for the over 50s and that any problems will be dealt with by the "on-site" maintenance team and a 24-hour resident warden.
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The "on-site" maintenance team, two men, are seldom on site, there is no resident warden, the park office is run by the so-called park manager, this office is supposed to be open for six hours a day but seldom is.
A large percentage of the residents have maintenance problems going back years. I for one am still waiting for repairs from when we moved in four years ago.
Plymouth City Council (PCC) is responsible for the issuing of the site licence which has certain conditions attached. Many of these conditions are being ignored by the present incumbent, mainly the order to maintain the roads paths and alleyways and to control the weeds and growth of shrubs and also the trees.
There is no evidence of PCC attempting to force the owner to comply with the conditions set out in the site licence. Myself and other residents have tried to pursue these matters via local councillors Mr Mike Wright, Miss Alison Casey. We have had meetings with our local MP Alison Seabeck and the Environmental Health Officer Mr David Hughes, all who have promised action but none has ever been forthcoming.
We feel we are the forgotten community, out of sight and out of mind. The site has many elderly and infirm residents who deserve better treatment in their old age.