Leyton work blocking pavement not illegal - Waltham Forest Council

Work blocking pavement not illegal - council

Reg Busby cannot use the pavement

Reg Busby and Ali Razi Hayirli feel that they are being ignored

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Building works disrupting neighbours and blocking access to pavements and businesses in Leyton are not breaking any planning rules, according to Waltham Forest Council.

Around ten weeks ago builders in Morris Road, Leyton, constructed a cover across the front of a shop in preparation for refurbishment.

But the wooden structure cuts off a large section of the pavement.

Sandbags were also placed in between the building and the curb, blocking access to pedestrians.

A telegraph pole in the road makes it impossible for wheelchair users and pushchairs to pass.

Reg Busby, 78, claims he was not notified that building works were going to take place and said he has been ignored by the authorities after raising concerns since January.

“I always make a point of looking at the planning notices,” he said.

“I didn’t get anything to say that there would be building work next door.

“I first complained in January about the noise, they work right into the night and on Sundays and we still have no idea what is going on.

“You might as well talk to the wall, the builders don’t speak English and we don’t hear anything from the council. I haven't been able to get my scooter down the road for months."

After cracks appeared in the wall of Lucky Garage next door, a wooden frame was built from the side of the building, stretching into the road.

The owner of Lucky Garage, Ali Razi Hayirli, said water has leaked through cracks and damaged his equipment.

“This is dangerous,” He added.

“I have had holes in my roof since the building work began and there are cracks all through my walls.

“People can’t get past. I still have no answer from the authorities.”

A council spokesman said that both planning enforcement and building control officers have inspected the site.

He said: “There don’t appear to be any issues with this work.

“I understand they are demolishing and rebuilding a garage unit and there is some propping for the adjoining buildings that is causing a bit of disruption on the pathway, but all above board from all accounts.”

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5:43pm Thu 19 Jun 14

mdj says...

' A council spokesman said that both planning enforcement and building control officers have inspected the site.

He said: “There don’t appear to be any issues with this work. '

Commercial building operations have to stop for Saturday afternoon and Sunday, as their colleagues in Environmental health could tell them.

There seems to be some very 'selective' enforcement going on here. A few months ago a whole street length of scaffolding collapsed on to the road during a gale that had been repeatedly warned about: no enforcement action was taken against this dangerous negligence.
It was a council scaffold.

A homeowner in E11 told me lately how the Council gave him hell, charging him thousands of pounds, when he needed to scaffold his property and encroach on the pavement for a couple of weeks.

What might dictate the different approach, one wonders?
' A council spokesman said that both planning enforcement and building control officers have inspected the site. He said: “There don’t appear to be any issues with this work. ' Commercial building operations have to stop for Saturday afternoon and Sunday, as their colleagues in Environmental health could tell them. There seems to be some very 'selective' enforcement going on here. A few months ago a whole street length of scaffolding collapsed on to the road during a gale that had been repeatedly warned about: no enforcement action was taken against this dangerous negligence. It was a council scaffold. A homeowner in E11 told me lately how the Council gave him hell, charging him thousands of pounds, when he needed to scaffold his property and encroach on the pavement for a couple of weeks. What might dictate the different approach, one wonders? mdj
  • Score: 8

7:34pm Thu 19 Jun 14

cynicalsue says...

Selective as always. Perhaps they think we don't notice or, more likely, they don't care.
Selective as always. Perhaps they think we don't notice or, more likely, they don't care. cynicalsue
  • Score: 5

12:01am Fri 20 Jun 14

Debbie2312 says...

cynicalsue wrote:
Selective as always. Perhaps they think we don't notice or, more likely, they don't care.
I think more likely they just don't care. The planning process is a sham and doesn't protect the ordinary person. If the Council backs the community, which is very rare, it gets overturned by the Government inspectorate when the appellants appeal and it's the neighbouring community that has to live with the consequences whilst the people that make these decisions live in their ivory towers oblivious to the misery they cause.
[quote][p][bold]cynicalsue[/bold] wrote: Selective as always. Perhaps they think we don't notice or, more likely, they don't care.[/p][/quote]I think more likely they just don't care. The planning process is a sham and doesn't protect the ordinary person. If the Council backs the community, which is very rare, it gets overturned by the Government inspectorate when the appellants appeal and it's the neighbouring community that has to live with the consequences whilst the people that make these decisions live in their ivory towers oblivious to the misery they cause. Debbie2312
  • Score: 2

8:37am Fri 20 Jun 14

Sam Hain says...

I think you'll find it's kerb, Zoie!
I think you'll find it's kerb, Zoie! Sam Hain
  • Score: 1

2:57pm Fri 20 Jun 14

VillageIdiot69 says...

Quite simple really, report the site to the HSE for violation of health and safety procedures. They'll close them down them quicker than England exiting the world cup.
Quite simple really, report the site to the HSE for violation of health and safety procedures. They'll close them down them quicker than England exiting the world cup. VillageIdiot69
  • Score: 1

4:54pm Fri 20 Jun 14

mdj says...

'Quite simple really, report the site to the HSE for violation of health and safety procedures. They'll close them down them...'

Sadly, not; when the scaffold fell in Francis Road, which could have killed several people and was completely avoidable, the HSE simply had a 'quiet word' with the culprit, who happened to be the Council.
Anyone else would have gone to jail.
'Quite simple really, report the site to the HSE for violation of health and safety procedures. They'll close them down them...' Sadly, not; when the scaffold fell in Francis Road, which could have killed several people and was completely avoidable, the HSE simply had a 'quiet word' with the culprit, who happened to be the Council. Anyone else would have gone to jail. mdj
  • Score: 1

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