Another day of hell for Bakers Mews residents at the hands of McAleer & Rushe. Approximately five hours of road closures on the 1st August 2011 –
preventing residents accessing or leaving their homes by car – reflecting an
increasing trend by McAleer & Rushe to impose onerous conditions on those who
live in proximity of the British Land site at 2-14 Baker Street (10 Portman Square). Despite repeated assurances by British Land, life for the residents only gets worse.
Five hours of being shut off from the world and then to top it all McAleer & Rushe deliver what they obviously presume to be the icing on the cake – flooding of filth, mud and water across the entire Mews. Left for hours unchecked until one in the
morning when the hammer jacks move in in earnest.
Children and families trying to access their homes in the evening were reduced to having to plough through water and filth six inches high in places. And not a site worker or safety person from the British Land site to be seen. Not so much as a few planks to provide a safe and dry walkway to the homes. No explanation to residents (who also suffered loss of water to their homes), no apology and very obviously the usual ‘we don’t give a s*** attitude’.
Residents of Bakers Mews have repeatedly objected to the lack of safety on this site. Equally, they have objected to the monstrous vehicles being driven in and out of Bakers Mews where it is obvious such traffic is neither safe nor acceptable. Indeed the ancient roadway and what lies beneath is not capable of supporting such traffic.
Yet, this almost bankrupt firm of McAleer and Rushe appear to be allowed to continue to run an unsafe site with impunity and to maintain unsafe practices and be allowed to
continue to demonstrate their sheer incompetence week in and week out. Month in, month out.
It is time this site is shut down for a full and proper safety audit. This is, after all, on one of the main Olympic routes for the London Olympics in 2012. Repeated warnings to British Land, to the HSE and to Westminster City Council have not resulted in this site being made safe. Residents of Bakers Mews life has been made hell since January of this year and enough is enough. The attitude of the McAleer & Rushe site manager (who gave his name reluctantly at 1am in the morning as ‘Bobby Graham’) only serves to underscore that that this site continues to pose risk and to demonstrate incompetence.
- Dicing with Death – Update: McAleer and Rushe’s Health and Safety Record (2to14bakerstreet.wordpress.com)
- British Land Partner Resorts to Threats and Subterfuge on Baker Street (2to14bakerstreet.wordpress.com)
- Dicing with Death – 2-14 Baker Street British Land Development (2to14bakerstreet.wordpress.com)
- British Land Reports Profit of $1.36 billion (benzinga.com)
- Free Parking in Westminster : parking and congestion control exemption in Marylebone (2to14bakerstreet.wordpress.com)
- Brighton & Hove Council Legal Action against McAleer & Rushe (2to14bakerstreet.wordpress.com)