A mother has said she is fearful for her safety after being fenced into her home by builders developing opposite her flat.
Theresa Dance lives in a flat off Renfields which shares its access road with a house currently under construction in the Crest Nicholson Bolnore development.
She told the Middy she received a letter from the developer last Wednesday (July 15) informing that her road would be closed the next morning.
The letter said: “As of Thursday 16th July at 9am, the road will be closed to car parking and access. Alternative parking can be found at The Barn car park.
“Sorry for the inconvenience but this is work that needs to be carried out to complete the area.”
The letter was signed but no job title or contact details were given.
Thankfully she was able to move her car out of her garage in time for the closure.
The following day she found a fence erected in front of her home and at the end of her road with a sign stating: “Danger, building site. Keep out.”
This meant she had to walk out of her front door, up some steps, across the front door steps of several other houses, along a narrow walkway, down some steps and about half a mile up the road, in order to reach her car.
This inconvenience was worsened by the fact her son is partially blind so she has to walk him out the house.
“That provides me with no emergency vehicles access at night. I’m fearful for my safety now.
“I have been given less than 24 hours notice and I feel very vulnerable in my own home.”
The house being built opposite her is the only house her part of the development which is still being built, in the middle of many other homes which have been occupied for two or three years.
A Crest Nicholson spokesperson said: “The safety and well-being of residents on Crest Nicholson sites is of paramount importance to us.
“We have a strict process in place to notify residents in advance of any work undertaken on developments and take measures in order to minimise inconvenience and disruption to those residents.
“In this case we have provided alternative parking and a safe pathway to all residents’ homes in order to ensure we meet our strict health and safety regulations.”