Construction has started
You may have noticed that construction has started on the Hawkenbury Farm site. Two weeks in and the problems have started mounting already. I think we are in for a bumpy ride over the next 3 years, if the last 2 weeks are anything to go by.
I have written to Berkeley Homes, our local councillors, the traffic and planning departments at TWBC and will keep you updated as to progress. The email is below. If you have any further concerns, please let us know below.
I am writing to you concerning a number of issues that have arisen since the start of work on the Hawkenbury Farm site and I hope that these can be addressed as soon as possible.
Currently, some of the larger vehicles (low loaders) are trying to access the site via Hawkenbury Road. Most days, access from the junction of Hawkenbury Road and Forest Road is
less that 6’6″ with cars parked on either side. These large vehicles, using this road, are getting stuck and are having to reverse back out causing congestion on Hawkenbury Road and Forest Road. Is it possible to direct construction traffic down Forest Way, into Maryland Road to Hawkenbury Road? This will alleviate the pinch points along Hawkenbury Road. Access may be easier along this stretch once the ‘No waiting’ areas are introduced in January 2018.
The site entrance is currently opposite the children’s play area and the language used on site is colourful, to say the least. This is particularly true when large pieces of equipment are being off loaded. We have had a number of complaints from residents and parents and would appreciate it if you could have a word with the contractor.
The large trucks currently coming up or down Maryland Road have to use a large turning circle to get out of Hawkenbury Road. This means they are having to drive up on the grass banks and are destroying
them. This mud is then being washed into the road, where it is spread by cars and other vehicles. There have been incidents where vehicles have skidded on this mud. These banks will disappear in a few weeks. As a minimum, we would like to see the road surfaces kept free of mud, if at all possible and an undertaking that the verges will be repaired.
The construction consultants are using the car park at the Recreation Ground Pavilion to park their vehicles. They are often parked in tandem. This prevents users of the recreation ground from parking here, forcing them to park on the road, thus further blocking your vehicular access. Are you going to construct a site yard where the construction crew can park?
Is Berkeley Homes and their sub contractors part of the Considerate Construction scheme? Residents are already put out by the upheaval and damage been caused, and we are only 2 weeks into the scheme.
I trust that we can work together to alleviate these issues and try and minimise the impact on residents and visitors as much as possible.