Dear Mr Rolt,
As Regional Sales and Marketing Director for Taylor Wimpey South Midlands, I am certain you will be aware of the developments (or lack thereof) which have taken place at the multi-award winning, RSH+P designed Oxley Woods housing development, of which Taylor Wimpey have many times openly expressed their pride.
As one of the more “established” members of the development, I have personally been very active in the community. Our own property suffered from many problems, and we have an established blog and forum community now at http://oxleywoodsliving.co.uk and as another sign of how well this development is evolving, and taking pride in the houses you have built and sold, there is now even an Wiki for residents to share advice at http://oxleywoods.wikia.com/
Despite our issues, we have encouraged others to buy here, and would do the same given our time again. Oxley Woods is exemplary in so many ways, is very brave, beautiful, and somewhere Taylor Wimpey should rightly be very proud of.
In spite of this, as you are probably well aware, the powers that be are doing all they can to abandon the scheme far ahead of completion. Senior management at Taylor Wimpey appear hell-bent on destroying their good image, and rejecting the faith and good wishes of the local community they helped to established, by dropping the award winning homes in favour of far more traditional looking and/or “hybrid” building designs, which fall far short of the image Lord Rogers and his architectural firm have set forth.
You can imagine then, how delighted I and some fellow residents were to hear you express the views published by Easier (and no doubt other outlets) this past week. http://www.easier.com/96711-cutting-edge-milton-keynes-property.html
As Regional Sales and Marketing Director for Taylor Wimpey South Midlands you have a unique insight into your company that we as residents do not have, and to hear you declare Oxley Woods as a “runaway success” and a “truly special place to live”. When you wax lyrical about the “innovative, energy-saving designs and construction techniques” it reminds me of days past when Wimpey had a sales office on-site occupied by enthusiastic sales staff who appeared to believe they really were establishing a new way forward, something with potential, something to be proud of. I am so happy this spirit lives on within yourself, despite the actions of others in your organisation.
And it is these words, your pride, your passion for our homes and the Oxley Woods development which has lead me to make this request of you.
Please Mr Rolt, please do everything within your power to support our lobbying of Taylor Wimpey to finish the 145 home development as originally envisioned, proposed and sold to us here at Oxley Woods. Please back your words with actions and contact all those in senior management you can, to tell them they are wrong.
You are the Regional Sales and Marketing Director, you know what sells, you must believe these incredible homes have a market, you must know it is wrong for your company to abandon their goals, to run away from innovation and step back into the mundane. You can help us make this happen Mr Rolt, you sell these homes, tell your bosses what you’re telling the public in your press releases, that Oxley Woods is a runaway success, and to drop it now would be a travesty.
Thank you for your kind words regarding our estate and our homes. Please take this further and back us internally, it could really help turn a corner. You love this place, we love this place, do not let those in your company who wish to destroy it win.
Please note this is an open letter, published at the time of writing. Your email address is publicly listed by Taylor Wimpey via a quick Google search.