So, here we have it. British Land who, at a meeting with a neighbour of the site at 2-14 Baker Street (10 Portman Square) – who had been treatened by McAleer & Rushe thugs, on Tuesday 7th June, stated “We have a long successful track record of building of buildings. And part of that is understanding that [the] contractor might be the builder but we are responsible for it. So we have project managers, we have people who monitor their work. But also, we in turn are monitored by people at Health and Safety.”
And further clarified with the additional rider of “We have independent health and safety advisors to regulate the site. But in terms of any health and safety breaches, we take that very seriously. So we don’t just sit back and allow McAleer & Rushe to do as they will. We monitor that very very carefully.”
But the issues with the rear of the development site at 2-14 Baker Street (10 Portman Square) remain such that one must reasonably conclude that this is a case of ‘you can fool some of the people some of the time, but you can’t fool all of the people all of the time.’
Or maybe it’s the old ostrich story of having one’s head stuck in the sand or having you head stuck so far up somewhere else…. Whatever it is, something is seriously wrong at British Land’s 2-14 Baker Street (10 Portman Square) site.
Having raised and written about tangible, real and documented (including video and still image records) safety issues in Baker’s Mews, to the rear of the 2-14 Baker Street (10 Portman Square) development, the farce continues.
The words ‘arrant’ and ‘invective’ are polite description of conflict resolution at work in relation to this site.
To respond to site vehicles driving at pedestrians and on the pavement endangering life with barriers to prevent such errant behaviour would normally be commendable. A visual sign that the issue is being taken seriously.
But in this case one wonders whether the barriers are there to protect te errant drivers and not pedestrians. Or is all just for show? To put barriers and cones on the pavement in the manner depicted in the above image is to stick two fingers at health and safety. It is sticking two fingers at those passing through the Mews and, in particular, it is sticking two fingers at the local residents who have to deal with this ‘crap’ every day.
Is it acceptable that a pedestrian has to physically move cones and barriers just to walk down a pavement? Is it too much to expect safe and unimpeded pedestrian access AT ALL TIMES? Is it safe practice to place cones or any tripping danger in the way of pedestrians? Is it acceptable to block the way of wheelchairs and parents with buggies?
The only reason the barriers and cones are as they are in the photo is because site traffic continues to mount the pavement and continues to be facilitated by McAleer and Rushe in mounting the pavement.
Maintaining risk to the young, to the old and infirm, to wheelchair-bound, to the blind and to any other users of the pavement appears to be acceptable and preferable to the inconvenience of safe practices.
After all, safety takes time. Time is money and that’s just what McAleer & Rushe don’t seem to have.
Who in their right mind would award such a build and development contract to an effectively bankrupt company who ride roughshod over public safetly – and in a manner that is so blatant? Can this company really be so arrogant that it believes itself above the law and/or that it is not accountable for its actions?
And as to British Land – where is the evidence of “….in terms of any health and safety breaches, we take that very seriously. So we don’t just sit back and allow McAleer and Rushe to do as they will. We monitor that very very carefully.”?
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- Q&A: 2-14 Baker Street, British Land and McAleer & Rushe (2to14bakerstreet.wordpress.com)
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