Friday 8 July 2011 10.51am
Luckily we only work in ROY and don't live here and so have not been disturbed by the early morning noise. We won't experience the late night noise either from events and deliveries which will occur as the Council granted WC usage over and above the terms of their lease.
Also - we won't experience the disturbance either from the very large external lights that have been installed around the walls in ROY.
The only things we have noticed to date are:
Contractors vehicles going the wrong way down Bermondsey Street
as it is easier than obeying the traffic signs and one way,
A crane that clearly flies over freeholders land without permission
The most appalling health and safety working on site I have ever seen (other than in Beijing last week) with no idea of CDM regs
Builders throwing material from the roof to the floor with no barriers
Vehicles having to reverses out of ROY onto Bermondsey Street
because as we informed the Council there is no room to turn in ROY despite WC showing drawings to that effect
Pedestrians and mothers with prams having to give way to contractors vehicles because there is no footpath for pedestrians in ROY
Numerous vehicles now accessing ROY when there was no right of access
The churning up of the road by contractors steel caterpillar vehicles
The refusal of courier vans to deliver when ROY is blocked
Contractor deliveries in trucks much smaller than those proposed by WC for constant deliveries that cannot park in the space that WC said was possible and so blocking the road - including a transference cement mixer that was operating with no pedestrian barriers
Of course we are yet to experience the compactor and deliveries that will operate regularly for the next 15 years (an interesting time period for developers for lots of good reasons)
But then again - what does it matter about the impact on the rights of a few people when the project serves the interests of the wider community. Perhaps this is a principle to adopt in support of the Thames Water project.