Resident speaks out over "endless" Penarth Heights construction work
4:12pm Wednesday 11th September 2013 in News
A RESIDENT near the Penarth Heights development has spoken of the ongoing construction work affecting their lives, which he said “seems endless”.
Alan Guppy lives on Plassey Square, overlooking the first phase of the highly anticipated development from Crest Nicholson, and directly next to the second phase – currently being built on the former site of the Billybanks.
He said his wife, who suffers with asthma, had been affected by the “horrendous” dust from the second site.
“There are huge clouds of stone dust,” he said. “It must be absolutely chocking for the people of Hill Terrace. People can’t open their windows, even around here. It’s been very dry lately, which has probably contributed, but they need to dampen the site down.”
Mr Guppy said there had also said work tearing up the pavement outside the house, to put in utilities for the site, had been disruptive.
Worse, he said, was the fact there had been no notice or consultation.
“The work has been going on for months, it seems endless,” he said.
“And yet there has been no discussion with us about how long it is going to take.
“It’s noisy down here too. And on some occasions has gone on into the evening, when people are putting children to bed.”
“We understand the work has to go ahead but it just seems there has been no consideration of the affect on the current residents,” he added. “It’s not on.”
A Crest Nicholson spokesperson said the company was sympathetic to residents’ concerns.
"Penarth Heights is a flagship development of new homes for Penarth,” they said. “We are currently in our second phase of development and are committed to minimising disruption to neighbouring residents and are sympathetic to their concerns throughout the build.
“Communicating with local people and keeping them up to date with progress is a key priority for us, and we hand-deliver letters advising residents of works that will affect their street, such as any road closures that are planned in conjunction with the Vale of Glamorgan Council.
“The council also posts notices on lampposts and in local media, and we regularly attend residents' meetings and have provided contact details to answer any queries people local to the development might have."