Construction work has turned our road into a builders' yard, say neighboursBy Julie Spencer
January 30, 2013
People living in a quiet street say their road has been turned into a builders’ yard by workers renovating nearby homes.
Grass verges in Lochinver in Birch Hill are being used as a site for containers full of construction equipment and a portable toilet for contractors working for Bracknell Forest Homes.
Larraine de Laune said she and her neighbours were told equipment would be stored in their street last autumn while improvements were made. But she said: “Not only were residents not told their road was to be turned into an industrial estate by the imposition of a supply depot, they have not been told when or if this will cease.”
Larraine said the amount of equipment had trebled since last year and trucks were delivering and picking up building materials during the day, causing traffic chaos.
She said: “The drivers of these vehicles have little consideration for the residents trying to use their garages, for which they pay Bracknell Forest Housing a not inconsiderable rent, parking haphazardly and blocking the area.”
She called for the contractors to repair the grassed areas which she described as a ‘muddy mess’.
Chris Withnall, Bracknell Forest Homes’ assets and business development director, said: “The storage facilities are necessary for our contractors to store their materials securely while working on site.
“At the height of the works there were seven storage containers and three of these will be removed by the end of this week; two further containers will removed by the end of February. The remaining container and welfare facility will be removed by the end of March. Any damage caused to the soft landscaping will be repaired after their removal.
“We apologise for any inconvenience caused by the siting of the units during the works and while the association did notify residents before the containers were installed we have learned retrospectively that a number of letters were not received.”