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Increase in charges condemned | Barnsley Chronicle

A COUNCILOR has blasted a developer for raising service fees for more than 300 residents.

Harworth Estates’ 325-home development on the former site of North Gawber Colliery, off Carr Green Road, has a current charge of £125 a year for maintaining green spaces and emptying public bins.

However, residents have been advised the fee will rise to £170.

Earl Steve Hunt said: ‘It’s a bombshell for residents at a time of rising prices, especially energy costs.

“I don’t know how the management company owned by Harworth Estates can justify these 42% increases.

“I’ve had complaints from residents in the past about the quality of maintenance done and what they were getting for the fee.”

Mapplewell Management Company, which oversees the Harworth Estates site, said more land was being maintained.

A spokesperson added: “The service fee will be revised again on January 1, 2027, in accordance with the terms of the legal agreement signed by all residents.

“In our opinion, our budget documents have been very clear and transparent, as have the annual reconciliations of service charges that we send to all residents each year, and they have explained increases and decreases when they have been updated. implemented.

“While we sympathize with the residents for this increase and understand that it comes at a time when other costs are increasing, we had to do this to ensure costs on site are covered.”