Sleepless nights as tower demolished

Echo: Sleepless nights as tower demolished Sleepless nights as tower demolished

FED-UP residents have told how noisy building works in Basildon town centre are keeping them awake at night – and lunchtime diners may be to blame.

Work to demolish the top eight levels of the Aviva building, at the back of the Eastgate Centre, was originally taking place during the day.

However, following complaints from diners at the centre that the noise was disrupting their lunch, the working hours have been made more flexible, with builders able to continue until 10pm.

Furious residents have hit out at the noise, claiming work sometimes goes on until midnight.

Lesley Bailey, who lives with her eight-year-old son, Jake, in Brooke House, said: “They said it would finish at 10pm, but it’s carrying on until midnight some nights.

“It’s been going on for weeks.

“I rang environmental health at Basildon Council and they said it was too noisy for people eating at Eastgate and they weren’t eating there, so they changed the working hours.

“Jake can’t get to sleep and I feel like a zombie. It’s infuriating.

“I just feel they’re being really selfish. How would they like it if this was happening on their doorstep?” The top eight floors of the Aviva building are being demolished after the Eastgate Centre, which owns the tower, decided to cut its losses and get rid of the building, after trying to sell it since it became vacant in 2008.

A proposal to turn it into flats was shelved last summer.

The bottom two levels, which are still in use, will remain untouched. Natasha Griggs, 35, who also lives in Brooke House, said her five-year-old son Zac was being woken up twice a night by jack hammers.

She said: “It isn’t fair. I know this is the town centre, but we’re residents and we have kids to get to sleep and jobs to go to.

“One of my neighbours even reported the noise to the police station, but we can’t do anything about it, because Basildon Council has given permission for this to happen.

“My son is going to school tired. This is affecting residents but nobody cares.”

Ian Clark, centre manager at Eastgate, said: “The demolition works at the former Aviva building are being carried out in agreement with Basildon Council, following the satisfactory testing of working methods over the evening of Monday, June 30.

“The additional working hours have been agreed so as to accelerate the project, and bring the works to a conclusion as soon as possible for the benefit of local residents and Eastgate retailers and visitors alike.”

He would not comment about whether the change had anything to do with diners’ complaints, but said work would be complete by September.

 

 

BASILDON Council has given builders permission to work until 10pm every night.

The authority said the aim was to shorten the amount of time it will take for the work to be completed.

Only one more floor remains to be demolished.

A council spokesman denied work would ever continue until midnight.

He said: “To achieve the right blend of working hours on the demolition project, in order to satisfy both local residents and businesses while work progresses, the council’s environmental health team is trialling flexible late working, which is aimed at shortening the overall scheme to minimise potential disruption.

“We review this on a daily basis and have the authority to order an earlier finish if work becomes too noisy. To date we’ve not received any complaints that would warrant a shut-down.

“While we sympathise with residents living near the demolition site, it’s hoped they will bear with us while we try to shorten the time it will take to complete.”

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4:37pm Fri 11 Jul 14

Mattster says...

How crazy that they didnt convert to flats with the amount of demand.
How crazy that they didnt convert to flats with the amount of demand. Mattster
  • Score: 6

4:59pm Fri 11 Jul 14

Howard Cháse says...

They would rather build on greenbelt and other open spaces.....
They would rather build on greenbelt and other open spaces..... Howard Cháse
  • Score: 7

5:01pm Fri 11 Jul 14

Maddogg says...

Be better off demolishing all of the Eatgate. And Brook House. Flatten them both.
Be better off demolishing all of the Eatgate. And Brook House. Flatten them both. Maddogg
  • Score: 7

8:47pm Fri 11 Jul 14

Howard Cháse says...

Maddogg wrote:
Be better off demolishing all of the Eatgate. And Brook House. Flatten them both.
Dont forget Westgate and The Basildon Centre.
[quote][p][bold]Maddogg[/bold] wrote: Be better off demolishing all of the Eatgate. And Brook House. Flatten them both.[/p][/quote]Dont forget Westgate and The Basildon Centre. Howard Cháse
  • Score: 4

9:33pm Fri 11 Jul 14

Almeda11 says...

ticle Quote:

“While we sympathise with residents living near the demolition site, it’s hoped they will bear with us while we try to shorten the time it will take to complete.”

Well they don`t exactly have a choice do they so pretty pointless comment.

And what about Health and Safety, surely they should be involved as it`s affecting people so badly that they can`t function properly, there should be regulations that forbid noise of that level from operationg between 10pm and 7am, but that l suppose is too much to even hope for in this crazy country.
ticle Quote: “While we sympathise with residents living near the demolition site, it’s hoped they will bear with us while we try to shorten the time it will take to complete.” Well they don`t exactly have a choice do they so pretty pointless comment. And what about Health and Safety, surely they should be involved as it`s affecting people so badly that they can`t function properly, there should be regulations that forbid noise of that level from operationg between 10pm and 7am, but that l suppose is too much to even hope for in this crazy country. Almeda11
  • Score: 4

11:02pm Fri 11 Jul 14

sesibollox says...

Im at work, so I dont hear it, if you lot got off yer @ss into a job, this little noise would seem rather sparse
Im at work, so I dont hear it, if you lot got off yer @ss into a job, this little noise would seem rather sparse sesibollox
  • Score: -11

7:10am Sat 12 Jul 14

Basildon30 says...

I live in a building near to the Eastgate Shopping Centre and I can assure the Council spokesman that work goes on past midnight on most evenings. I telephoned the Environmental section and was basically told that one business was being affected by the noise and were losing customers at such a rate they may have to close down, obviously the Council would lose money if this was to happen so their other idea is to allow work to carry on until a later time. Well done for going to the echo about this, but ultimately it's been in vain as the bigger man wins again.
I live in a building near to the Eastgate Shopping Centre and I can assure the Council spokesman that work goes on past midnight on most evenings. I telephoned the Environmental section and was basically told that one business was being affected by the noise and were losing customers at such a rate they may have to close down, obviously the Council would lose money if this was to happen so their other idea is to allow work to carry on until a later time. Well done for going to the echo about this, but ultimately it's been in vain as the bigger man wins again. Basildon30
  • Score: 6

3:26am Sun 13 Jul 14

rob-wos says...

Howard Cháse wrote:
Maddogg wrote:
Be better off demolishing all of the Eatgate. And Brook House. Flatten them both.
Dont forget Westgate and The Basildon Centre.
Plus, don't forget to flatten the whole of Basildon as well.
[quote][p][bold]Howard Cháse[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Maddogg[/bold] wrote: Be better off demolishing all of the Eatgate. And Brook House. Flatten them both.[/p][/quote]Dont forget Westgate and The Basildon Centre.[/p][/quote]Plus, don't forget to flatten the whole of Basildon as well. rob-wos
  • Score: 3

11:45am Sun 13 Jul 14

Leslewja8 says...

sesibollox wrote:
Im at work, so I dont hear it, if you lot got off yer @ss into a job, this little noise would seem rather sparse
I do work , but not for 18 hours a day
[quote][p][bold]sesibollox[/bold] wrote: Im at work, so I dont hear it, if you lot got off yer @ss into a job, this little noise would seem rather sparse[/p][/quote]I do work , but not for 18 hours a day Leslewja8
  • Score: 1

11:46am Sun 13 Jul 14

Leslewja8 says...

sesibollox wrote:
Im at work, so I dont hear it, if you lot got off yer @ss into a job, this little noise would seem rather sparse
I do work, I work shifts but not for 18 hours a day.
[quote][p][bold]sesibollox[/bold] wrote: Im at work, so I dont hear it, if you lot got off yer @ss into a job, this little noise would seem rather sparse[/p][/quote]I do work, I work shifts but not for 18 hours a day. Leslewja8
  • Score: 1

11:52am Sun 13 Jul 14

Leslewja8 says...

Basildon30 wrote:
I live in a building near to the Eastgate Shopping Centre and I can assure the Council spokesman that work goes on past midnight on most evenings. I telephoned the Environmental section and was basically told that one business was being affected by the noise and were losing customers at such a rate they may have to close down, obviously the Council would lose money if this was to happen so their other idea is to allow work to carry on until a later time. Well done for going to the echo about this, but ultimately it's been in vain as the bigger man wins again.
Thank you for your comment, I am not a liar as the council spokesperson implies. Work is going on till midnight, thank you for backing me up.

And yeah your right, it is in vain, I realise they don't give a **** about anything except money.

Work began on the new bank. This morning, waking the world up before 9 am on a Sunday morning. And Phil Turner wants to turn the post office square into an entertainments centre. More demolition, more noise to come. What a great place to live..... NOT
[quote][p][bold]Basildon30[/bold] wrote: I live in a building near to the Eastgate Shopping Centre and I can assure the Council spokesman that work goes on past midnight on most evenings. I telephoned the Environmental section and was basically told that one business was being affected by the noise and were losing customers at such a rate they may have to close down, obviously the Council would lose money if this was to happen so their other idea is to allow work to carry on until a later time. Well done for going to the echo about this, but ultimately it's been in vain as the bigger man wins again.[/p][/quote]Thank you for your comment, I am not a liar as the council spokesperson implies. Work is going on till midnight, thank you for backing me up. And yeah your right, it is in vain, I realise they don't give a **** about anything except money. Work began on the new bank. This morning, waking the world up before 9 am on a Sunday morning. And Phil Turner wants to turn the post office square into an entertainments centre. More demolition, more noise to come. What a great place to live..... NOT Leslewja8
  • Score: -2

11:56am Sun 13 Jul 14

Leslewja8 says...

Howard Cháse wrote:
Maddogg wrote:
Be better off demolishing all of the Eatgate. And Brook House. Flatten them both.
Dont forget Westgate and The Basildon Centre.
I'll second that
[quote][p][bold]Howard Cháse[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Maddogg[/bold] wrote: Be better off demolishing all of the Eatgate. And Brook House. Flatten them both.[/p][/quote]Dont forget Westgate and The Basildon Centre.[/p][/quote]I'll second that Leslewja8
  • Score: -2

11:57am Sun 13 Jul 14

Leslewja8 says...

Mattster wrote:
How crazy that they didnt convert to flats with the amount of demand.
Clearly nobody wants to live in a town centre. It's too noisy ..
[quote][p][bold]Mattster[/bold] wrote: How crazy that they didnt convert to flats with the amount of demand.[/p][/quote]Clearly nobody wants to live in a town centre. It's too noisy .. Leslewja8
  • Score: 1

9:01am Mon 14 Jul 14

_Lotus_ says...

Take a look at the following site regarding noise from construction sites in Basildon and the times they permit the work to go ahead - WORKING UNTIL MIDNIGHT CANNOT BE LEGAL, I do not care what excuses they are coming up with.

Go to your MP and all the papers, kick up a stink about this, it is diabolical.

People have to sleep in order to function and work properly, Basildon Council are surely contravening people's rights to a basic night's sleep:

http://www.basildon.
gov.uk/article/4137/
Pollution-Control---
Construction-Sites
Take a look at the following site regarding noise from construction sites in Basildon and the times they permit the work to go ahead - WORKING UNTIL MIDNIGHT CANNOT BE LEGAL, I do not care what excuses they are coming up with. Go to your MP and all the papers, kick up a stink about this, it is diabolical. People have to sleep in order to function and work properly, Basildon Council are surely contravening people's rights to a basic night's sleep: http://www.basildon. gov.uk/article/4137/ Pollution-Control--- Construction-Sites _Lotus_
  • Score: 1

10:15pm Mon 14 Jul 14

Leslewja8 says...

_Lotus_ wrote:
Take a look at the following site regarding noise from construction sites in Basildon and the times they permit the work to go ahead - WORKING UNTIL MIDNIGHT CANNOT BE LEGAL, I do not care what excuses they are coming up with.

Go to your MP and all the papers, kick up a stink about this, it is diabolical.

People have to sleep in order to function and work properly, Basildon Council are surely contravening people's rights to a basic night's sleep:

http://www.basildon.

gov.uk/article/4137/

Pollution-Control---

Construction-Sites
Thank you for your comment. I have looked on the website today and found it very useful.

It's quiet tonight, Monday evenings are usually noisy.
[quote][p][bold]_Lotus_[/bold] wrote: Take a look at the following site regarding noise from construction sites in Basildon and the times they permit the work to go ahead - WORKING UNTIL MIDNIGHT CANNOT BE LEGAL, I do not care what excuses they are coming up with. Go to your MP and all the papers, kick up a stink about this, it is diabolical. People have to sleep in order to function and work properly, Basildon Council are surely contravening people's rights to a basic night's sleep: http://www.basildon. gov.uk/article/4137/ Pollution-Control--- Construction-Sites[/p][/quote]Thank you for your comment. I have looked on the website today and found it very useful. It's quiet tonight, Monday evenings are usually noisy. Leslewja8
  • Score: 0
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