Residents vent anger at meeting with building firm

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ANGRY residents vented their frustration towards a building company at a public meeting.

PMC Construction is preparing to start work on a controversial block of flats in Queen Street, Portsea.

It has met with stiff opposition from neighbours who have reported damage, obstructions and rude behaviour from drivers using Beck Street as an access route.

But at a meeting of the Portsea Action Group in the John Pounds Centre, in Queen Street, yesterday PMC director Steve Cripps said he would work with the city’s highways contractor Colas to find a solution to the problems.

‘This is only the first meeting,’ he said.

‘We are not starting demolition work until August, which gives us four months to get these issues sorted out.

‘We are setting up a steering group where we can meet Colas and residents to keep people informed about what is happening.’

But people were still unhappy that the developer is planning to use Beck Street for access, suggesting instead that the nearby Lion Street would cause less disruptions.

Theresa Makes, 62, of Perkins House, in Beck Street, said: ‘Why has it taken so long to have this meeting?

‘I’m not going to give up until Beck Street is not used. It didn’t cost us rate payers thousands of pounds to build just so they can ruin it.

‘Lion Street would be far better, but I worry they’ve already made up their minds.’

She joined Mark Baker, 44, also of Beck Street, in agreeing to meet with the building firm as residents’ representatives.

He said: ‘I am not against affordable housing, we need more of it in Portsea. But there are issues such as parking which need to be addressed.

‘We now have an assurance from the builder and the council that they will get together and report back to residents.’