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Nightingale Lane Safety/Audley Retirement Village Petition!

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Nightingale Lane Safety/Audley Retirement Village Petition!

Postby Hawthorne4 » Tue Jun 12, 2018 10:25 pm

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

Dear Nick,

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.
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Re: Nightingale Lane Safety/Audley Retirement Village Petition!

Postby twinmum » Mon Jun 18, 2018 7:11 am

I really can’t understand why the council allowed this to happen. Thanks for starting this, I’ll send my details on.
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Re: Nightingale Lane Safety/Audley Retirement Village Petition!

Postby balhambloke » Mon Jun 18, 2018 7:12 am

I hope people get behind this letter. I’m amazed they have been allowed to erect portacabins over the pavements like they have. There are a lot of children and elderly people trying to walk on the road - it’s literally an accident waiting to happen.
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Postby Ippyevie » Mon Jun 18, 2018 9:18 am

I fully agreed. People with limited mobility like my son have been having a hard time commuting around that area. Crossing the road is dangerous and as twinmum said, I can't believe the council gave them a go ahead on this.
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Re: Nightingale Lane Safety/Audley Retirement Village Petition!

Postby movingsouth » Wed Jun 20, 2018 2:38 pm

Where does it say they even had permission to build on to the pavement? Skimmed the planning permission but couldn't see that

Noticed planning permission was granted on the basis of the homes being provided specifically for dementia patients. No mention of that on Audleys sales site, where the flats are being offered for £1.6m+ for a 2 bed flat and can apparently be sold on in the open market.

May also be worth sending to the group that provided financing (Apache Capital). Apparently it specialises in putting middle eastern investor cash to work in the UK via shariah complaint investment schemes.
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Re: Nightingale Lane Safety/Audley Retirement Village Petition!

Postby lydia249 » Wed Jun 20, 2018 6:09 pm

Couldn't agree more - how the council approved the plans and paid to move the bus stop, remove the postbox, allow the humongous portacabin block creeping into the road and close down the footpath - all for a private retirement village is beyond me!

Incredibly dangerous on such a busy road with the school nearby and lots of young adults using the G1 to get to school after getting off the tube. Who do I send my details to? Not immediately clear from your post Hawthorne! Thanks for posting.