Anger over builders’ muck and manners: Estate builders on new A127 site in Dunton criticised

Lorry worries - resident Ellen Towsend in School Avenue, Laindon

Lorry worries - resident Ellen Towsend in School Avenue, Laindon

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WORKERS building a controversial housing development are said to be making neighbours’ lives a misery.

The complaints have come from people living near the latest 98-home phase of an estate being built on part of the Ford Dunton research centre site, just off the A127.

They say lorries often park outside their homes and mud and dirt is constantly being sprayed on their cars, as well as the roads and paths.

They are also unhappy about what they say is the poor attitude of site workers.

Ellen Townsend, 50, of School Avenue, said: “The noise is awful.

“A truck comes down about every 15 minutes to clean the road. It makes a big difference, but the road is still really dirty.

"We don’t even bother cleaning our cars any more.

"My daughter has the front bedroom, so she gets woken up in the morning. I have complained about the noise, but nothing has changed.”

A neighbour, who did not want to be named, said workmen had reacted aggressively when approached about the problems.

He said: “The heavy construction vehicles have broken manhole covers.

“The path has been damaged, our cars are constantly dirty and the lorries block our cars in.

“What upsets me most, though, is the attitude of the construction workers. If you ever complain, or politely ask them to move, they are rude.

"They have even sworn at residents.”

A total of 450 homes will eventually be built on the site. The present phase is being built by Bloor Homes, which bought part of the land from Bellway Homes.

Former Basildon Council leader Vic York, of Buller Road, Laindon, said: “They don’t want to park on the new estate and mess it up, so they just park right outside the other houses instead. It isn’t fair at all.

“They have messed up our road and spread mud everywhere, because they are not using the proper equipment or taking the right measures.

“The developers have been contentious the whole way through.

“They don’t have any respect at all for the residents. They are going to be moving on to somewhere else soon so they don't seem to care that they have upset people.”

No one from Bloor Homes was available for comment.

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12:28pm Tue 28 Jan 14

Howard Cháse says...

It was like that when they were building your house Mrs.
It was like that when they were building your house Mrs. Howard Cháse
  • Score: 21

1:03pm Tue 28 Jan 14

Jack222 says...

It'll go when finished, what's the problem? They are trying to keep it clean with the road being washed very 15 minutes!
It'll go when finished, what's the problem? They are trying to keep it clean with the road being washed very 15 minutes! Jack222
  • Score: 10

1:20pm Tue 28 Jan 14

Leighdweller says...

I would have thought all the rain would have washed it away. At least she's not complaining about living on a flood plain.
I would have thought all the rain would have washed it away. At least she's not complaining about living on a flood plain. Leighdweller
  • Score: 10

1:58pm Tue 28 Jan 14

Mattster says...

If you buy a house on a phase 1 development did you not think about how they would build the rest of the development?
If you buy a house on a phase 1 development did you not think about how they would build the rest of the development? Mattster
  • Score: 15

3:03pm Tue 28 Jan 14

You'dfeelbetterforknowingthat says...

Moaning minnies
Moaning minnies You'dfeelbetterforknowingthat
  • Score: 3

3:24pm Tue 28 Jan 14

You'dfeelbetterforknowingthat says...

You have to stand your ground, and face up to them, I once had this thicko from the water board, walk to my front porch, boots dripping in slime mow on my path, muck and shyte in the foot prints, a bit of straight talking, in the methods of losing one's teeth and the many uses of the male tongue, brought about a fast solution, though I did still bless him with a piece of wood, just in case he thought he'd come back, funny enough he never did.
You have to stand your ground, and face up to them, I once had this thicko from the water board, walk to my front porch, boots dripping in slime mow on my path, muck and shyte in the foot prints, a bit of straight talking, in the methods of losing one's teeth and the many uses of the male tongue, brought about a fast solution, though I did still bless him with a piece of wood, just in case he thought he'd come back, funny enough he never did. You'dfeelbetterforknowingthat
  • Score: -8

4:30pm Tue 28 Jan 14

John Bull 40 says...

I thought she was going to moan about builders whistling her, no chance
I thought she was going to moan about builders whistling her, no chance John Bull 40
  • Score: 10

4:39pm Tue 28 Jan 14

the25man says...

If the roads are that bad the Highways would be down on the builders as far as where they park unless its a private road or with parking restrictions they can park on the moaners road and don't have to move just because they are in front of somebodies house
If the roads are that bad the Highways would be down on the builders as far as where they park unless its a private road or with parking restrictions they can park on the moaners road and don't have to move just because they are in front of somebodies house the25man
  • Score: 7

5:41pm Tue 28 Jan 14

Steve H says...

You have moved onto a building site, what do you expect?
You have moved onto a building site, what do you expect? Steve H
  • Score: 13

11:04pm Tue 28 Jan 14

Mikkel1 says...

Mud CAN be washed off.
Mud CAN be washed off. Mikkel1
  • Score: 5

10:03am Wed 29 Jan 14

InTheKnowOk says...

What do they expect?........ The same thing is going to happen with the people living in those boxes off Kiln Road once the 2nd phase of development goes ahead ..
What do they expect?........ The same thing is going to happen with the people living in those boxes off Kiln Road once the 2nd phase of development goes ahead .. InTheKnowOk
  • Score: 5

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