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Obstruction on the pavement

Reported via desktop in the Obstructions on pavements and roads category anonymously at 16:49, Tuesday 13 April 2021

Sent to London Borough of Bexley less than a minute later. Report ref: 2669701.

Dear Sir/Madam, I am writing to you concerning the above address. Building works began at this address in the last two weeks. As with any building work, noise and dust is envitable. However, my concern is the manner in which the building works are being carried out. There seems to be very little regard for safety both for the builders and for the safety of the public, including neighbours. The builders are demolishing the house with no PPE at all apart from one individual who sometimes wears a hi-vis. They are knocking down walls both at height and have had to literally jump out of the way as walls come down. The flat roof came down and almost took one of the builders out. Currently, they have taken down a wall that is adjacent to the public footpath. Next to this they have dug a trench and they have put up a few boards and some ropes to stop people falling in. It does not look secure in the slightest and considering it is in a residential area with a school at the end of the road, it does concern me, especially as a teacher. (Please see the attached photos.) Furthermore, the current state of the garden with piles of rubble and wood is another concern as the garden is not sealed off and anybody could quite easily walk in and get injured. There are also trenches dug in the garden. There has been nothing done to safeguard against this. Witnessing the way the house has been demoilshed has left me with concerns about what happens when they come to demolish the outbuilding as per their plans. This building is adjacent to our garage, which has an asbestos roof. If they smash the outbuilding down in the same manner with debris flying in all directions, it could quite easily hit our garage roof, disturbing the asbestos. (Considerable debris has already covered their neighbours conservatory, where they took no precautions.) Additionally, I do not feel it is appropriate to witness builders using a toilet that is open for all to see. When sat in my garden, I do not wish to see somebody relieving themselves. On a final note, on Good Friday, the builders worked a full day which I felt was inconsiderate to neighbours, especially with current covid restrictions in place as people could not enjoy being outside with the noise going on. I look forward to receiving your response. Kind regards, Jodie Smith

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