#holewatch Live Updates
Update from Beatrice Danesfield (@BeatriceDanesf1) via Twitter 15:15 hrs
The digger is gone. Dust from the six foot high pile of soil that remains is already being blown into neighbouring homes.
Update from Cllr.Rachel Blake (@RNBlake) via Twitter 13.23 hrs
Update from Giles Sparrow 12:36 hrs
“Just wanted to say thanks for the swift action on highlight this to the enforcement people. As Chris says, our main concern will be that the developers don’t try to circumvent the process by making things a fait accompli. I’ve been out since early morning but the Wapping Mole (!) reports that things are quiet on site so far today – obviously if there’s further signs of significant work we’ll be highlighting it asap, but obviously it would be good to have that update on the process from Tim and Kamlesh’s end of things so that we know what to expect, and when, in a rapidly narrowing timeframe… “
Update 12:10 hrs 12th April 2017
Nowt. Nada. Nothing. Zilch. Zero.
Update 11:04 hrs 12th April 2017
Hole remains a hole. Man sits in van.
Update 10:00 hrs 12th April 2017
The Wapping Mole, who knows a lot about holes, has just returned from a quick snoop around and reports that there is no activity on site at the moment. We do not know if this is because of the Council asking them to stop or if the construction workers are just waiting for a delivery of concrete. More updates during the day.
Thanks to swift action by residents and councillors Tower Hamlets Council now knows of the large hole created by the digger that appeared on site yesterday (Tuesday).
This hole, which seems to be the foundations for a small structure, now has wooden buttressing in it, presumably prior to it being filled with concrete.
All of this is of concern as it would seem the developers are getting busy while there are still outstanding objections to their Construction Management Plan (CMP).
Not so fast.
Since yesterday’s news that work had started at the site Tim Ross, Team Leader (West), Development Management has replied to an email from Cllr. Denise Jones (Lab) and informed the Planning Enforcement and Compliance Manager of the situation.
Tim says it is a ‘judgement decision’ as to whether it ‘expedient and reasonable’ to take action immediately.
Wapping resident Chris of Bridewell Place, which overlooks the site, is one of many residents who has been watching developments and has been in direct contact with Planning, Cllr. Denise Jones and Cllr. Julia Dockerill. Chris wants the work stopped. Below is his view:
“I note the construction site does not remotely follow even the Developer’s draft CMP. For example last night no security was in place to secure the digger and the soil and debris pile is not covered by plastic sheeting, which will cause dust/soil spreading to local residencies and indeed Tower Hamlet’s roads.Can I also ask will these violations be taken into account when / if a future revised CMP is considered ? I would comment that since the developer is showing no respect for the planning rules ,that should be taken into account when looking at whether they will follow the “rules” they put in their own CMP. i.e. The concept in law of “an unreliable” witness or in this case developer. “
For more information
- What price the Phoenix Wharf development in Wapping? Two years of gridlock OK?
- King Henry Wharf CMP residents meeting Thursday 6th April 11.00am
- Mechanical digger already at work on King Henry’s & Phoenix Wharves site