From left, West Norfolk Mayor David Whitby, Borough councillor Tom Smith, chairman of residents committee Ron Mortimer, borough council leader Brian Long, Sir Henry Bellingham MP, treasurer of residents’ committee Graham Unger and former borough and county councillor Jean Mickleburgh. Picture: Paul Tibbs.

Residents of a King’s Lynn housing estate have been celebrating its final adoption after a long battle.

North West Norfolk MP Henry Bellingham joined borough mayor David Whitby and residents this week to mark the event.

The original developer of Millfields Close went bankrupt before the estate was completed.

Several people had already bought their properties and moved-in.

“Although the houses had been completed to a high standard, the various final adoption matters had not been properly sorted.

“The roads and pavements had not been fully surfaced, a number of fences had not been finished and the final details of the handover of the sewerage plant had not been formalised. As a result Norfolk County Council refused to adopt the road,” said Mr Bellingham.

The residents’ committee worked with the borough and county council in a bid to resolve the issue.

It took several years to ensure all the relevant authorities were happy and the paperwork was finally signed-off by all concerned.

Members of the committee also had to raise funds to pay for professional services.

“We now have a very happy and relieved community who can carry on their lives with peace of mind,” said Mr Bellingham.