Residents living close to the Leas Pavilion have been in touch – putting it mildly.
Many are seething at broken promises about good communication and in particular forewarning of the start of works.
Clear assurances were given at a meeting on 25th June 2021 – a year ago. This was attended by local resident association representatives and no less than three local Councillors: Cllr Danny Brook; Cllr Dylan Jeffries and Cllr Ann Berry.
Categoric assurances were given:
- To arrange for FHDC to provide information on the development for local residents (as per 2015 Council commitment to consultation)
- To provide key points of contact for any concerns for residents going forward – which would logically include:
- Ward Councillors
- Council officers responsible for planning issues
- KCC Highways point of contact for road and pedestrian management issues
- Constructor or site manager
- To arrange for discussion and a joint or coordinated approach involving all local Ward Councillors and appropriate Council officers.
Last week, site workforce personnel arrived unannounced to undertake preliminary works. Digging machinery and other equipment was put on site and within hours, water appeared to be escaping down the roadway from a leak. Residents asked why not notification had been given as required – and the first telephone complainant found a letter stuffed hastily through their letterbox (but not others in the same block) a few hours later.
Others have referred to their concerns around well-being – with disabled residents being particularly badly affected – and the sheer lack of consideration shown by Council officers and Councillors.
Simply not good enough.