Monday, January 20, 2014
Furious homeowners neighbouring a major construction site say incessant drilling has damaged their properties and made life unbearable.
Residents along Great Whip Street and Bulstrode Road in Ipswich have reported cracks in walls, bricks falling in gardens and sleepless nights of worry.
Genesis Housing Association, the company responsible for the 386 home development, says all its contractors are accredited with the Considerate Constructors Scheme (CCS) and claims no complaints have been made to it directly.
And ISG, the main contractor on site, said that as a founder member of the CCS, it takes its commitment to considerate working practices “extremely seriously”.
But David Allen, who has lived on Great Whip Street for 28 years, is unhappy with the work and claims that a gaping hole appeared in his bathroom wall.
“You could see daylight through it, I had to stick newspapers in the holes and threaten them with legal action even to get anything done,” he said
“I just want people to know how we’re being treated around here.”
The 59-year-old taxi driver says the loud and intrusive work lasts from early morning until late at night, seven days a week, shaking his entire home and leaving him wracked with worry.
Although the damage to Mr Allen’s home was eventually repaired, he still claims to be out of pocket after having to spend hundreds of pounds redecorating.
“I’m supposed to be taking it easy in retirement but the last year has been horrible,” he said.
Bulstrode Road resident of 14 years Amber Scott claims the problem affects her street too.
“I’ve got cracks in my house like you would not believe,” she said.
“The whole thing has given me anxiety with all the stress its caused and the sleep I’ve lost - it just gets worse.”
The 35-year-old mother-of-one says her eight-year-old son is scared of the house falling down after the a neighbour’s chimney collapsed and she does not know where to turn.
“I’ve had enough,” she said.
Two doors down, Adib Mahmudi, who lives in a rented house with his parents, added: “All the loudness seems unnecessary, it seems like they don’t care there are kids trying to sleep.”
A spokesman for Genesis said the company had entered into agreements with the neighbours which obliged it to rectify any damage caused.
“We have not been made aware of any complaints. If residents do have any concerns, we would encourage them to get in contact with us directly so we can investigate them on their behalf,” the spokesman said.
“We will be getting in touch with our on-site contractors to remind them of their responsibilities under this scheme.”
An ISG spokesman added: “The Stoke Quay project is a major regeneration scheme in Ipswich, revitalising an under-used area of the town through the creation of 386 new homes as well as commercial accommodation.
“The scale and scope of this complex development requires an accelerated delivery programme and although there are no general working hours restrictions associated with the scheme, we always adopt a sensitive and considerate approach to mitigate the impact of work on our neighbours.
“Throughout the duration of the project we are liaising closely with Ipswich Borough Council to ensure full compliance to all statutory working requirements.”