For those who are as concerned as I am about the safety hazard the development of the Audley Retirement Village adjacent to Clapham South Tube has created- I am posting the attached letter written by J**** B**** and addressed to Nick Sanderson, CEO of Audley Retirement. J**** B**** is co-ordinating a response on behalf of local residents to the development. This letter and it’s signatories will be communicated to our local councillors and our local MP.
Many local residents and local businesses have lent their support to this letter. They intend to submit this letter with over 500 signatures and if you would like to add your name to this petition please email James with your first name, last name and first line of your address. He has requested that any responses reach him by the end of the week-
Mr. N. Sanderson
Audley Retirement Villages
Head Office, 65 High Street
Surrey TW20 9EY
We are writing to you today as concerned local residents asking for Audley to radically change its attitude towards us and to be a better neighbour.
Since the development at Audley Nightingale Place has begun, on Nightingale Lane we have lost a much-used bus stop, a post box and now a major closure of the busiest pavement in our local area. All of this is planned for two years according to your on-site staff.
Whilst we welcome the development of the site, the intrusion on to the pavement of the three storied portacabins for the builders goes beyond “some disruption”. The expectation that all local residents should simply have to cross a busy road twice as a result of the site staff extending their offices on to the pavement is not only manifestly unfair but a poor way to introduce Audley to the local community.
We appreciate that the plan for the highway was approved by Council officials but as local residents we are appealing directly to you as CEO of Audley Retirement to resolve this major disruption and to ensure that we get a better outcome.
The portacabins are enormous. Put simply they are unnecessarily big and they dominate the entire pavement. The suspension of parking across the road would allow for a walkway along the side for residents to pass by still and wouldn’t close the pavement for thousands of us for two years.
The pavements of Nightingale Lane do not deserve to be a building site and closed off to residents for two years. This is a busy commuter thoroughfare in Zone 2 of London, it is simply wrong to assume that the level of disruption is something which must be forced on residents.
We are appealing to you directly with our concern and asking that you help us find a solution, reopen part of the busiest road in our area and ensure that residents are not blighted by these temporary offices for two years.
We want to welcome Audley to the area but we also want it to consider the major impact closing off our busiest pavement has on both local residents and businesses.
We appreciate that the portacabins have already been erected but we would ask you as a matter of urgency to find a way for a walkway along the side to help resolve this terrible situation for residents.
We look forward to hearing from you.