A joint protest by councillors and residents has won a building site battle with a major developer. Powerful vibrations from piling work conducted by McCarthy and Stone on their Cambridge Road site shook houses in the Hesketh Park area and anxious residents voiced their deep concern to Cambridge Ward councillors Pat Keith and Sue McGuire, who urgently raised the matter with the company.
“A mixture of concrete and stainless steel piles were being driven in at 10 millimetres per second vibration during December and were scheduled to continue into January, “ explained Councillor Keith.
“The level of noise was very disruptive and several residents reported to me that household fixtures and fittings were shaking and rattling. Others feared damage to their property.”
Reacting to the strong feelings of the residents the two councillors called a community meeting to discuss what action should be taken and Councillor Keith added:
“Thanks to the advice of a civil engineer living in the area an alternative piling strategy known as rotary board PVA was proposed. The councillors presented this to McCarthy and Stone who agreed to switch to this less intrusive form of piling.”
McCarthy and Stone’s Pre-contracts Manager Karl Douglas said: ”Although we observed permitted regulations we took on board the concerns of the residents and decided to change the operation.”
Councillor McGuire said: “I would like to thank McCarthy and Stone for listening to the residents and taking their issues seriously.”
Councillor Keith added: “This is a good result for the people in the area and is a great example of community politics in action. “