BUILDING works that are blighting a cramped Yeading housing estate has outraged local residents.
Residents of Sydney Court, in the Yeading Green Estate in Perth Avenue, were lumbered with plans submitted by Hillingdon Council to build another block of five-storeys on the car park behind their homes,
This was despite taking their case to the council and presenting a petition, signed by over 200 people back in March.
Objections raised included the loss of parking, the need for more housing in an already densely populated area, and the dangers the works posed to children on the estate and at Brookside Primary School, which overlooks the building site.
The construction of the flats got underway this month.
Part of the plans were to knock down a cluster of garages sitting in the centre of the courtyard in neighbouring Melbourne House, which would make way for new parking spaces.
The garages were demolished in May, and residents have now been told that it will be a compound for the contractors for the duration of the works - due to be completed in March 2011 – instead of having them freed up for residents' parking while the work is being carried out.
The heavily-used playground next to the old garages, managed by Hillingdon Homes, has been padlocked since the demolition for health and safety reasons.
Lindsay Bliss, Barnhill ward councillor and resident on the estate, said: "There was no mention of using it as a compound. We thought we would be parking there as soon as the garages were demolished. Now it has started and we just have to live with it.
"It is a densely populated estate as it is. Parking has always been a problem, and at the moment we just have on-road parking which is not nearly enough."
She added: "All of this is going on, and the building sites are secured by net fencing and plastic sheets. It's just dangerous – you can see children playing amongst the rubble and diggers!"
Neil Stubbings, Deputy Director of Adult Social Care, Health and Housing at Hillingdon Council, said that residents would reep the benefits of the development in the long run.
"Residents should be able to park on the smaller demolition area in the next couple of months.
"The majority of garages on this site (44 out of 61) were previously unlet and while we are sorry for any inconvenience caused now, there will actually be a gain of 44 spaces.
"The site is secure at all times and we are arranging for the any netting that has come loose to be fixed.
"We have been consulting with residents at all stages of the project to address their concerns and welcome their views."
The housing will be affordable, and intended for people aged 55 and over.