We've been abandoned by estate owner, say Claverton Down residents
The row between residents of a private estate on the edge of Bath and its owner has deepened.
People living in Quarry Rock Gardens at Claverton Down have hit out at owner David Newman, who they say has left them to fend for themselves over issues from a power cut to icy weather.
There were two power cuts on the same night at the site recently.
Representatives from Western Power Distribution were called to the site, which is home to a number of elderly people.
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Resident Bryan Chalker said: "We endured a total blackout from 7.50pm until 9.20pm, and there was not a peep out of Newman.
"I did manage to leave a message on his mobile but, bearing in mind this estate is home to so many old and vulnerable people, it is an absolute disgrace that there are no emergency numbers displayed anywhere. At approximately 11.05pm a loud explosion and enormous shower of sparks from overhead cables here plunged us all into darkness again. I managed to speak to a few other neighbours during this period and they are incensed.
"It becomes increasingly obvious that David Newman needs to install a full-time site manager here."
Mr Newman insists that the site is maintained, and that a manager is not needed.
He said: "You don't have a site manager on a residential estate, if residents want to contact me they can e-mail or phone me.
"The power outage had nothing to do with me. When it happened I did what I could by calling Western Distribution.
"They said there was a series of break-outs in the area, there was nothing I could do about it, these things happen.
"I went to talk to Mr Chalker on Monday but he just shut the door in my face.
"He is just a person that likes to complain about everything."
Residents who have also complained about lack of signs on the estate are annoyed about a proposed rent increase, saying there was no consultation and that they are just expected to pay up.
Mr Chalker, a local councillor, said: "There has never been any kind of consultation and people simply pay up because they are afraid that he will evict them.
"Those I have spoken to are pretty miffed that he can send out his annual rent increases promptly but cannot undertake the fairly simple requests we have put to him."
Mr Newman said: "The rise is in line with inflation.
"I can understand that people do not want to pay more but it is something that is happening nationally."