'Epsom station developers are doing whatever they want' say councillor and residents

'Epsom station developers are doing whatever they want' say disgusted councillor and residents

Councillor Neil Dallen and the residents of Horsley Close have spoken out against the developers of the new Epsom station

Councillor Neil Dallen and the residents of Horsley Close have spoken out against the developers of the new Epsom station

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A "disgusted" councillor has spoken out against the developers of the Epsom station site who are seriously disrupting the lives of residents.

Epsom and Ewell councillor Neil Dallen said the situation at Horsley Close, situated behind Epsom station, is "unacceptable" and believes the developers of the new station should be doing more to keep disruption to residents at a minimum.

His concerns echo those of Janet Burgess, of the Horsley Close Action Group, who said residents are fed-up with lorries coming in and out of the road to collect and deliver materials for the new station and pavements being closed-off.

Coun Dallen said: "The contractors said Horsley Close would only be used to store material needed for the Horsley Close car park development, but lorries are coming into the road to pick up material for the station development. 

"The footpath alongside the Close had to be closed and the fencing used to do this to intrudes into the road.

"Horsley Close is also being used as a pick-up and drop-off point for people from the station in the evenings, which doesn’t help when residents are trying to get in and out of their driveways."

He said there are also problems where the footpath has been closed off in Waterloo Road.

"It has been closed for months as materials are being stored on it. 

"The blind and elderly walk along there and although there is someone manning the crossing between 9-5 what about outside of these times?

"The developers are doing what they like and the council is not controlling them.

"I’m disgusted with developers who call themselves considerate developers."

Ms Burgess added: "The Horsley Close pavement is an obstacle course - someone is going to get hurt there. 

"These builders are doing whatever they want."

A spokesperson from Kier, the contractors on the site, said: “We apologise for any disruption to local residents and all efforts are being made to minimise this. 

"We hold regular meetings with resident representatives to inform them about the progress of the construction and circulate newsletters to update residents about the works. 

"We would encourage residents to report any complaints directly to our site manager so they can be looked into straight away and dealt with where appropriate.”

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9:22am Fri 28 Sep 12

Angela M says...

To make matters worse, the only open footpath is covered in excavated holes and orange barriers. I have to cross the road an extra FOUR times to get into the station now because so much of the pavement is closed.

People tired of waiting for the lights walk in the road instead. It's an accident waiting to happen.
To make matters worse, the only open footpath is covered in excavated holes and orange barriers. I have to cross the road an extra FOUR times to get into the station now because so much of the pavement is closed. People tired of waiting for the lights walk in the road instead. It's an accident waiting to happen. Angela M
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9:59am Fri 28 Sep 12

cynical me says...

get a grip people...nobody ever said re devolpment of the station would be easy and pain free.

Honestly you people should have better things to do than constantly whinge and moan about the re development of the station.

Get a grip and a life.
get a grip people...nobody ever said re devolpment of the station would be easy and pain free. Honestly you people should have better things to do than constantly whinge and moan about the re development of the station. Get a grip and a life. cynical me
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