Residents are threatening to stop paying council tax because their estate has not been adopted – more than seven years after they moved in.

Homeowners in the Solus Estate, off Berechurch Hall Road, Colchester, pay the full amount of council tax, even though their roads and footpaths are not maintained by the highways authority, Essex County Council.

There are more than 300 homes in the estate.

It means, according to residents’ figures, together they “overpay” by about £250,000 a year.

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