ANGRY residents living opposite the Arden Quarter development in Stratford say their lives are being blighted by ongoing building work.
And the Hathaway Court residents, across from the £40million development along Alcester Road, fear life will get no better when it is finally completed next year.
The Orbit Housing development, on the former cattle market site, will offer a mix of some 300 private and rental homes and retirement apartments.
Residents say they have been plagued by noise, pollution and dirt since construction began in 2016,
The Hathaway Court Residents’ Association claim they have been unable to open their windows for the past year for fear of dirt and dust getting in. They are also angry at potential de-valuing of their homes, together with loss of light and privacy.
Association chairperson Sandra Reynolds said pollution was also already a major problem in the area, and with the extra traffic the Arden Quarter would add to the busy Alcester Road, she feared the future could increase health problems, such as chest infections which a number of residents already suffered from.
She said: “With all the roadworks around at the moment it’s like dicing with death with all the traffic and disruption. When you look at how congested it can be it’s not a very safe situation – and the quality of life will worsen once it’s completed.”
“The residents at Hathaway Court feel this development has caused us considerable inconvenience/problems, is still doing so and will probably continue to do so for many years, along with the drop in value of our properties.
“We would like Orbit to review our comments and look at recompense for all the inconvenience, mess, dirt and costs we have incurred during the time this development has been in progress.
“We now have a number of Hathaway Court apartments which face the Alcester Road for sale. Currently these are not making anywhere near the expected market value. When viewing these properties prospective buyers they can see due to the building of Arden Quarter there is no longer the view we previously had across to the Welcombe Hills.”
Orbit operations director Gary Round said they had done all possible to minimise disruption for neighbouring residents.
He added: “We are proud of our commitment to provide much needed affordable housing for local people in Stratford and along with our partners, have made a considerable investment to regenerate a site that has been derelict for the past ten years.
“We take time to consider any disruption to local residents when carrying out building programmes and Arden Quarter has been awarded a national silver award by the Considerate Contractor’s Scheme.
“We have also worked closely with the local authority to ensure appropriate traffic management measures are in place.”