Residents of a newly built land that is considered a “ghost town” with nothing to do say that life is not as bad as people think.
Since 2017, 1,200 homes have been built in Northstowe, near Cambridge, with 10,000 more to be built.
But although residents moved in six years ago, the property has no shops, pubs, cafes, public restrooms or polyclinics.
The lack of basic amenities has angered some residents to call the development a “ghost town”.
And father-of-two Dan Greef, 42, is furious: “All we have is a mailbox. At night it’s like a ghost town because there’s no nightlife, pubs or houses. It’s very quiet.
“If you want to shop, you have to drive to Tesco in the next town or to Cambridge.”
But other families in the L&Q Estates development have now responded to “negative” descriptions of their neighborhood.
Jawad Nawash, 59, a father of three who has lived in Northstowe for three years, tell MailOnline People should not rush to judge the young area.
The accountant added: “Everything here is well organized. The streets are clean. The place is green. The neighbors are wonderful.
“You can’t get people to open a store if it’s not profitable. I see we’re in a transition period where more things are going to happen as the town gets bigger.”
Meanwhile, charity worker Matt Webb, 36, who has lived in the area for two years, insists that although the area may lack shops, residents enjoy jogging, music and other activities. social club.
The town – which will eventually house 26,000 people – has an elementary school, a special needs school and a high school with sports facilities and spaces that can be used by the community.
On Monday, a new community center in a temporary building that provides space for clubs and serves tea and coffee was opened by the council.
Meanwhile, a 35-year-old mother said a dance academy offering yoga, ballet, musical and jazz classes for adults and children at the local high school kept everyone busy.
And while restaurants are lacking, Lib Dem councilor Firouz Thompson, who has lived in Northstowe for six years, helped set up a roundabout for 25 different takeout trucks for residents to use with peace of mind. .
Adrian Clark, chief executive officer of L&Q Estates, said the company understands “residents’ worries and frustrations about home deliveries”.
But he added that Northstowe “has all the ingredients needed to be a successful community”.
“We’ve worked hard to meet residents’ expectations and deliver on our commitment to the community,” he said.
“We realized that there was a delay from our original time
“Unfortunately, this development work has coincided with the outbreak of the pandemic, followed by unprecedented economic and political challenges around the world, which have certainly impacted the work.” ours.”