in Burnham-On-Sea left fuming over five-month building work
at a seafront block of flats in Burnham-On-Sea say they feel like
they have been living in a "battle zone" for five months
during major building works.
residents at Kinver Terrace on The Esplanade are upset about loud
noise at all hours of the day and night, diesel generator fumes,
and say they have had also endured mobility problems caused by equipment
left outside their doors.
resident, Dave Ilsley, said: "It's been like living in a battle
zone for five months with endless noise and disruption."
work began in April when the scaffolding went up and it was initially
supposed to finish in early July but it's still ongoing."
scaffolding came down for the August Bank Holiday weekend but now
we understand that some of it's going back up to complete the work,
much to all the residents' dismay."
feel we've been treated unfairly by the building's owner, Knightstone
- they are giving us 20% off the rent, but that's small compensation
for all this disruption over the whole summer."
Victory-Rowe, Assistant Director of Asset Management at Knightstone,
told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "In the last year, weve carried
out extensive work to modernise the properties, which included improving
insulation levels to reduce heating costs for our residents. We
also repaired roofs and external walls of the properties. In total,
weve invested approximately £850,000 in these improvements."
"Throughout the process weve held regular meetings to
keep our residents up-to-date on the works being carried out. The
works are now nearing completion and the majority of the scaffolding
has been taken down over the last fortnight. A small amount of scaffolding
is needed to complete the front elevation of the properties. We
have written to all residents informing them that the scaffolding
will go back up for approximately one further week, followed by
finishing works to complete our improvements."
"We are pleased that these works have significantly improved
the quality and safety of the flats at Kinver Terrace, and evidence
our commitment to investing in our homes in the south west."