syd wrote:I went to Bell Green yesterday and although these developments are my least favourite place on earth I think about the jobs and the housing. That was derelict space for decades.
If I changed on thing I'd force sports direct to cover those breeze blocks. It looks cheap and nasty.
Yes but sadly those of us who live here have to put up with it everyday! I totally agree about the eyesore that is Sports Direct ,But the entire place is cheap and nasty. It is the epitome of naff, and could have easily been less so with some better planning and enforcement. So, if they can get away with this now, why not continue?
Aside from substantial rethinking of the traffic management in the area , if it can be called that, and pedestrian access which is so obviously neglected, the council need to enforce the clause that requires McDonalds in particular but also Sainsburys as well to clean up the mess their customers, contractors and their own operations leave- check out inside Sainsburys depot and you will soon see why so much litter blows around the site. I would hope the rats that this litter attracts has also been assigned to the retailers to deal with.
The council have no excuse on this as all the costs can be passed onto the retailers just like at any other retail development. You wouldn't expect to walk into the estate at Canary Wharf or a Westfield and find it covered in litter with rats running around would you? If there was drug taking paraphernalia left on site in any other shopping development you wouldn't expect them to say "that's nothing to do with us, it's the locals" It is not that their customers are necessarily more considerate but rather that the retailers are required to pay to keep these places up to standard..
It is incredible it now emerges that litter management was apparently always in the leases as residents have been complaining about the litter for some time- check out all the laughing gas canisters opposite sainsburys car park by the flats. Is it really beyond the wit of the council to enforce a simple contractual obligation? If they are checking it out now why haven't they done so before? Are the photos they have been sent not of good enough quality???Perhaps they would do better to subcontract to a site manager permanently before moving forward at all..