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Subsidence problem bigger than first feared at Regent Circus

Swindon Advertiser: Peter Green at the Baptist Chapel Peter Green at the Baptist Chapel

THE effects of subsidence on properties close to the Regent Circus development are worse than originally feared, it was revealed at a meeting tonight between residents and contractors.


It was already known there were major issues with the Rehoboth Strict Baptist Chapel in Prospect Hill but property owners at the meeting revealed the problem is far more widespread, with cracks appearing in houses and businesses all along Cross Street.


ISG Construction, which is building the leisure complex, has promised to speak with any residents affected and repair any damage caused by the works.


At the meeting, ISG Director Rob Martin said: “We will put right any problems caused by this development. It is our responsibility to fix things.
 

“We will finish our work and then look at the problems in the properties. We will then monitor them until we are confident there will be no more issues.”
 

It also emerged at the meeting that while the recent heavy rain fall has been a factor, ISG have been monitoring the site since August after detecting movement.


However, many residents still had worries afterwards about the long term effects of any damage such has getting insurance and selling properties on.


Polly Strange, of Cross Street, said: “We had absolutely no problems before the work started and now there are cracks several millimetres wide.


“I am worried that when I come to sell the property this will show up and affect the value, even after the work has been repaired.”


The meeting was organised by South Swindon MP Robert Buckland and run by Peter Green, secretary of resident group Swindon Back Garden.


He said: “The meeting showed that the problem is far more widespread than we initially thought but I am convinced ISG are committed to helping with the problem.


“The next stage now is to look in more detail at the problem and move forward from there.


“It has also emerged after the meeting that several houses have also been contacted by building firms offering to fix problems. People need to ignore these as ISG have already said they will fix any damage.”

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10:36pm Fri 7 Mar 14

webcrawler2050 says...

At least the contractor has the decency to do something about it. They seem to be very open and honest. We had a noise issue in the early hours of the morning and the manager of the site came round personally to see me.
At least the contractor has the decency to do something about it. They seem to be very open and honest. We had a noise issue in the early hours of the morning and the manager of the site came round personally to see me. webcrawler2050
  • Score: 8

12:16am Sat 8 Mar 14

Klinkerhoffen says...

'Decency' has nothing to do with it. They know they bare a direct legal responsibility to fix peoples homes (just as they have not to be waking you up in the early hours of the morning!)

Large companies like ISG are driven by profit. Surely it's the recent negative publicity surrounding this ****-up is what is bothering them into action now, rather than any fluffy altruism? The issues have been going on for months.

Quite how they managed to find themselves in a situation like this in an age of geological surveyors, core samples, ground penetrating radar and modern piling and shoring technology ought to be a serious concern.
'Decency' has nothing to do with it. They know they bare a direct legal responsibility to fix peoples homes (just as they have not to be waking you up in the early hours of the morning!) Large companies like ISG are driven by profit. Surely it's the recent negative publicity surrounding this ****-up is what is bothering them into action now, rather than any fluffy altruism? The issues have been going on for months. Quite how they managed to find themselves in a situation like this in an age of geological surveyors, core samples, ground penetrating radar and modern piling and shoring technology ought to be a serious concern. Klinkerhoffen
  • Score: -4

1:10am Sat 8 Mar 14

house on the hill says...

Klinkerhoffen wrote:
'Decency' has nothing to do with it. They know they bare a direct legal responsibility to fix peoples homes (just as they have not to be waking you up in the early hours of the morning!)

Large companies like ISG are driven by profit. Surely it's the recent negative publicity surrounding this ****-up is what is bothering them into action now, rather than any fluffy altruism? The issues have been going on for months.

Quite how they managed to find themselves in a situation like this in an age of geological surveyors, core samples, ground penetrating radar and modern piling and shoring technology ought to be a serious concern.
I think you will find all companies are driven by profit that's why they exist!
[quote][p][bold]Klinkerhoffen[/bold] wrote: 'Decency' has nothing to do with it. They know they bare a direct legal responsibility to fix peoples homes (just as they have not to be waking you up in the early hours of the morning!) Large companies like ISG are driven by profit. Surely it's the recent negative publicity surrounding this ****-up is what is bothering them into action now, rather than any fluffy altruism? The issues have been going on for months. Quite how they managed to find themselves in a situation like this in an age of geological surveyors, core samples, ground penetrating radar and modern piling and shoring technology ought to be a serious concern.[/p][/quote]I think you will find all companies are driven by profit that's why they exist! house on the hill
  • Score: 8

1:25am Sat 8 Mar 14

Klinkerhoffen says...

... exactly...!

The shame of it is that they didn't spend the money or use their expertise to prevent it from happening in the first place.

If they did, they might become an even more profitable company, rather than one which has ended up with this bad publicity, which will ultimately cost them in the long run.
... exactly...! The shame of it is that they didn't spend the money or use their expertise to prevent it from happening in the first place. If they did, they might become an even more profitable company, rather than one which has ended up with this bad publicity, which will ultimately cost them in the long run. Klinkerhoffen
  • Score: 0

10:38am Sat 8 Mar 14

Badgersgetabadname says...

Wow shocker, worse than first "thought" but work so far on now what can actually be done?
I am sure "compensation" will be offered but that is hardly the point and will it cover a similar town center house? No, it wont.
To make a guess the pre work surveys were carried our by an outside consultant and cannot be held accountable.
When this story was first released all the noise was positive that things would be made safe and proper.
There are now houses that as work continues will become unsafe and a listed building with girders attached to it to prevent further damage.
Are we really expected to believe this work was carried out with residents in mind or was it started as soon as funds were available?

Somewhere there is a assessment that was carried out before work started where a qualified person has said go ahead all ok to start.
With a traffic system in chaos, having to walk on the road to avoid work and water being sprayed constantly this has been poorly if thought out at all, yes the town needs development but at the cost to residents?
Wow shocker, worse than first "thought" but work so far on now what can actually be done? I am sure "compensation" will be offered but that is hardly the point and will it cover a similar town center house? No, it wont. To make a guess the pre work surveys were carried our by an outside consultant and cannot be held accountable. When this story was first released all the noise was positive that things would be made safe and proper. There are now houses that as work continues will become unsafe and a listed building with girders attached to it to prevent further damage. Are we really expected to believe this work was carried out with residents in mind or was it started as soon as funds were available? Somewhere there is a assessment that was carried out before work started where a qualified person has said go ahead all ok to start. With a traffic system in chaos, having to walk on the road to avoid work and water being sprayed constantly this has been poorly if thought out at all, yes the town needs development but at the cost to residents? Badgersgetabadname
  • Score: 2

11:29am Sat 8 Mar 14

Badgersgetabadname says...

Klinkerhoffen wrote:
... exactly...!

The shame of it is that they didn't spend the money or use their expertise to prevent it from happening in the first place.

If they did, they might become an even more profitable company, rather than one which has ended up with this bad publicity, which will ultimately cost them in the long run.
Why should they big companies act with no responsibility whatsoever and when they are caught out or fail whichever happens first they can call for gov money then when it fails again just call bankrupt and start a new company.

If you arent being held responsible by anyone why would you act so?
[quote][p][bold]Klinkerhoffen[/bold] wrote: ... exactly...! The shame of it is that they didn't spend the money or use their expertise to prevent it from happening in the first place. If they did, they might become an even more profitable company, rather than one which has ended up with this bad publicity, which will ultimately cost them in the long run.[/p][/quote]Why should they big companies act with no responsibility whatsoever and when they are caught out or fail whichever happens first they can call for gov money then when it fails again just call bankrupt and start a new company. If you arent being held responsible by anyone why would you act so? Badgersgetabadname
  • Score: 1

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