I am one of the “hostile local residents” highlighted in Martin Cock’s article of 12th December. I live immediately next to the site and I live supposedly in one of the “most expensive properties in Bristol”. I personally fail to see how the price of property should affect performance of the contractor, or the legitimacy of comments by local residents. I take issue with several points made in the article.
Too often in this day and age local residents do not take a pride in their local area. Yes, we in this “exclusive Bristol suburb” hear and remember the promises. Yes, we read all the conditions – and yes we vigorously challenge, when promises are broken and conditions not met. If we didn’t make our voices heard then we would be walked-over by this huge development, literally on our door-step.
This project is subject to a “Construction Environmental Management Plan” (CEMP) produced by Vinci as a planning condition. Vinci seem to be having huge problems complying with key points of this CEMP. Martin Cocks, personally, has been very supportive of local neighbours, but he seems to have very little support from his own team and workforce regarding compliance with the CEMP and tensions from local residents and traders are starting to rise. Major problems are
• “Contractors will not park within 200m of the site”. This includes various named roads. Sub-contractors are completely ignoring this requirement, and Vinci seem to have very little control over their actions..
• “HGV’s will not be allowed to queue on the highway”. This is happening very regularly, at least 3 times a week, sometimes with as many a 4 vehicles waiting to access the site.
• “Temporary site lighting will be turned off out of site hours. The employed security company will monitor that lights are turned off” Currently not happening.
• “West End car-park will be designated parking for all Vinci staff and visitors”. This is being largely ignored
These words are written in the CEMP by Vinci – we assume therefore they have been written with thought and meaning. We understand that the next couple of months will see numbers on site dramatically ramp-up. Unless there are significant changes then Vinci’s future Considerate Contractors scores might not be so high.
Jonathan Hurford Chairman Clifton Hill Neighbourhhod Association