Builders asked to stop swearing on new homes site in Gloucestershire
BUILDERS' bad language has upset residents who say they're not being listened to by the developer.
Social landlord Cottsway Housing is building 21 of the affordable and rented homes but residents living opposite the controversial green field site are unhappy at its approach to getting on with its neighbours.
"I have complained about the language," said Coldwell Close resident Bridget Cunningham, whose home halfway down the Cotswold escarpment once looked out over open fields and the Severn Vale but now has the new homes in front of it.
"We were against the planning application in the first place but now it's being built we have had to complain about the language, working hours, cars being blocked in and the filth left in the road.
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"One of my neighbours was not very happy at a builder getting changed in full view of the street.
"We have complained to Cottsway and it hasn't got back to us."
Labour's Steve Lydon, Stroud District Council member for The Stanleys, has made representations to Cottsway but, as of yesterday, had not received a reply.
However, Cottsway told the Citizen yesterday that a letter would be posted to him.
The message seems to have got through – yesterday most of the site workers appeared to have parked on the site and were tidying up the pavement. A road sweeper had visited recently too.
"Cottsway had not even acknowledged receipt of my complaints, let alone done anything about it," said Mr Lydon.
Resident Jeremy Warner also complained about the way the work was being done and wanted more dialogue with Cottsway.
A Cottsway spokeswoman apologised for the problems reported by the neighbours.
"Due to the nature of the build there has, of course, been some noise and disruption to residents for which we apologise," she said.
"We have received a small number of complaints during the build process and these have been dealt with on each occasion by Markey Construction, who are part of the Considerate Constructors programme and are responsible while they are on site.
"We have worked with Markey Construction to address residents' concerns where possible and reduce the inconvenience caused by this development which is providing much needed homes for local people."
The planning application from Oxford-based Cottsway for the development in Coldwell Close, Middleyard, between King's Stanley and Selsley, near Stroud was a controversial one.
Objectors sent in 80 letters to Stroud District Council while there was just one supporting the plan, plus 27 comments. King's Stanley Parish Council opposed the application.
The district council's planning officers recommended it for approval and the development control committee followed suit – but only after a casting vote from committee chairman Councillor Graham Littleton.
Although it is in the Cotswold Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, it is an "exception site" because the proposed dwellings would be affordable housing.