Safety fears over construction in Bolnore Village

Theresa Dance with her car outside her home in Bolnore (Pic by Jon Rigby) SUS-150414-182513008
Theresa Dance with her car outside her home in Bolnore (Pic by Jon Rigby) SUS-150414-182513008
  • Theresa Dance was ‘hemmed in’ by construction fencing
  • She has raised fears over health and safety on the site
  • Mid Sussex District Council said it has issued the developer with a Breach of Condition notice
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A mother has raised safety fears after her car was ‘hemmed in’ by fencing put up by construction workers.

Theresa Dance, of Renfields, Bolnore Village, said she could not get her car out of her parking space after workers put up metal fencing.

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“I was hemmed in for some 50 minutes,” she said.

“What happens if there was an emergency and I had to get out in a hurry? ”

Theresa contacted the Middy about the problem on Monday morning.

Speaking at the time, she said: “I need to go out and pick up my son from school. So they will have to move at some point. There is fencing right across my road.”

What happens if there was an emergency and I had to get out in a hurry?

Theresa Dance

A spokesperson for Crest Nicholson South said: “We are sorry to hear of the inconvenience caused to our residents, their satisfaction and well-being is always a priority and we will be working with our team to ensure this doesn’t happen again.”

Theresa said a house being built on the site means the access road is often blocked by vehicles.

“Everything around it has been built for two years. How in the world are they allowed to start building houses in between other houses?

“One of the houses that has been built used to be the car park for the show houses.

“There is no safety for members of the public.

“There are no pavements. You have diggers and dumpers and the public walking amongst them.

“You can walk on to this building site.

“There is little to differentiate between the construction site and the residential areas.”

“We are sharing the same access road.

“I just think Mid Sussex District Council is at fault for not having a management plan for Crest Nicholson.

“There is no health and safety for members of the public. It’s going to take a bad accident before someone does something about this.”

Members of Bolnore Residents’ Association have been campaigning to keep the area safe and stop traffic parking on the pavements.

Andrew Clarke, senior planning officer at Mid Sussex District Council, said: “The council has received complaints from residents at Bolnore Village about construction taking place outside of agreed working hours and delivery vehicles failing to comply with the imposed conditions of operation.

“We take these matters seriously and have issued the developer Crest Nicholson with a Breach of Condition Notice. Should the developer fail to comply, they could face prosecution and a maximum penalty of £4000.

“We continue to monitor the site and collate evidence of any suspected breaches of planning control.

“Mid Sussex District Council cannot control the parking of vehicles on an unrestricted public highway but residents can contact the Health and Safety Executive if they feel any working practices are unsafe.”