A resident of the estate (Cath) has been in regular contact with the Project Manager at Lambeth Council. She has been continuing to emphasise the need for clear and timely communication with local residents. She has requested that before any work starts on the construction site, local residents are given information about the measures that are in place to ensure the safety of workers and residents. The contractors (Farrans) are currently preparing a newsletter.
It sounds as though construction work is planned to start next month. Before the main work starts, there will be some activities to get the site ready, such as putting up a new hoarding (barrier) around the site. The newsletter will hopefully contain further details on timings and activities.
Cath has also asked for the following information to be provided to local residents: an explanation of why work is going to start soon, during the continuing pandemic, when the site has been abandoned for 4 years; what will be done to minimise the impact of the construction work on local residents and the local neighbourhood (for example, the measures to minimise noise and dust and the impact of site traffic).
Cath has been continuing to pursue various other matters on behalf of local residents. These include:
Asking for up to date signs to be put up around the Resource Centre site. The current ones indicate that the building should have been completed by now!
Arranging for paving bricks which will be removed during construction to be saved for repairs elsewhere on the estate.
Arranging for the PRERA noticeboard, which would end up within the construction site, to be moved further down Palace Road.
Arranging for an urgent repair to fill a hole in the pavement beside the construction site. This was completed yesterday.
If you have any questions or concerns that you would like raised with the Project Manager, do get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org
In February, a newsletter from the contractor Farrans indicated that construction of the Resource Centre would start this April. However, given the coronavirus situation, there is to be a further delay to the start of these works. The Project Manager from Lambeth Council confirmed earlier this month that construction is “on pause”.
It’s a shame that the badly damaged hoarding wasn’t repaired or replaced before “lockdown”. Residents had been given the impression at the meeting with Farrans in January, and through their February newsletter, that this would happen in February or March. Unfortunately, this eyesore will be with us for a while longer.
A resident of Coburg Crescent (Cath) is regularly liaising with the council’s Project Manager on behalf of residents. She has recently been pursuing the following matters:
Asking for new signs to be put up on the hoarding to reflect the current status of the project. Asking for the misleading out-of-date signs (which indicate that the building should have been completed by now) to be removed.
Asking for newsletters to residents to be clear and in plain English.
Asking for paving bricks which will be removed during construction to be kept for future repairs on the estate.
Asking for the PRERA noticeboard, which will be within the new hoarding, to be moved to a new location outside the construction site.
Asking if PRERA can have input to Farrans’ “Community Benefit Plan”.
Asking for updates about the shop / temporary shop. The Project Manager explained this week that once the temporary shop has been connected to an electrical supply, it will be ready to occupy (subject to lease negotiations).
If there is anything that you would like Cath to raise with the Project Manager, do let her know via email@example.com. She will keep residents updated via this blog. Cath has found the Project Manager, who is new to Lambeth Council, to be receptive and supportive. He is pursuing the above matters and also arranged for the two apple trees which were in the way of the construction site to be moved last month.
Our temporary replacement shop was installed earlier this week. It is located on Palace Road, next to Ducavel House, and it will be available during the building of the new resource centre.
But what about the shrubs and fruit trees that were in this location before? Don’t worry – the shrubs have been found a new home at the back of the nature garden and Farrans have moved the two apple trees further along Palace Road.
Lambeth Council has applied for planning permission for a temporary shop on Palace Road. This is to replace our existing shop for the duration of the construction of the new resource centre on Coburg Crescent. The new building will house a permanent replacement for the shop.
Did you know that our very own supermarket, Best-one, is now under new management? There is a much wider variety of produce, including fresh fruit, vegetables and bread. Why not pay them a visit and support our local business?
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