Our life ‘made hell’ by builders’ parking

Nuisance – Apollo’s cabin office

Nuisance – Apollo’s cabin office

First published in Echo News by

RESIDENTS claim their lives have been made a “living hell” by builders and contractors parking across driveways and paths in their road.

Building firm Apollo opened a cabin office in Moss Close, Vange, in June last year and although it is not carrying out work on the estate, its workers have been parking in the road.

The firm, which has been carrying out repairs on housing all over Basildon, has a contract with Basildon Council which will end on May 17.

Electrician Mike Davies, 44, said he was even forced to call the police last week when he found a worker’s car parked across his driveway. Mr Davies, who has lived in the road for 20 years, said: “Since the firm turned up just under a year ago our lives in the road have been made a living hell.

“We were told they could park in our road because there are no restrictions. However, we had a letter from Basildon Council and Apollo saying staff were prohibited from doing this. The problems were really bad, and although they have eased up recently, I was forced this week to call the police because I couldn’t get out of my driveway.

“We have had letters saying the cabin was going to be moved, but we have had an updated letter saying they couldn’t find anywhere else and would be staying.”

Barry Herman, Basildon Council’s programme works manager, said: “The council’s contract with Apollo is coming to an end, with work scheduled for completion by May 17.

“Following completion of the work, which we understand may have caused some inconvenience to residents, Apollo’s compound will be removed from Moss Close and the area made good.”

Mike Brogan, Apollo’s divisional director, added: “We’d like to thank all the residents of Moss Close for their patience and understanding over the past months while we have been based on site, and to apologise for any inconvenience caused while we’ve been working in the area on behalf of Basildon Council.”

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9:14am Sun 6 May 12

bazaarhorse says...

A living hell ! Oh please.
A living hell ! Oh please. bazaarhorse
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11:03am Sun 6 May 12

Brunning999 says...

Appalling a motorist being allowed to park on a road!

Give it a rest mate, at least they are working which is a result these days.
Appalling a motorist being allowed to park on a road! Give it a rest mate, at least they are working which is a result these days. Brunning999
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11:17am Sun 6 May 12

keithrg says...

It was rediculous. The company should never have been able to set up base there It looks appauling I have to look at it once a week and it discust me and I dont even live there. The people where breaking laws by obstructing paths and driveways. I think if they parked within the law that would have not esculated the issue
It was rediculous. The company should never have been able to set up base there It looks appauling I have to look at it once a week and it discust me and I dont even live there. The people where breaking laws by obstructing paths and driveways. I think if they parked within the law that would have not esculated the issue keithrg
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12:42pm Sun 6 May 12

girlie71 says...

a living hell ... have you moved to the helmand province ... if not, it isnt really a living hell is it ?
a living hell ... have you moved to the helmand province ... if not, it isnt really a living hell is it ? girlie71
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12:48pm Sun 6 May 12

Brunning999 says...

keithrg wrote:
It was rediculous. The company should never have been able to set up base there It looks appauling I have to look at it once a week and it discust me and I dont even live there. The people where breaking laws by obstructing paths and driveways. I think if they parked within the law that would have not esculated the issue
4/10 read more books it helps.
[quote][p][bold]keithrg[/bold] wrote: It was rediculous. The company should never have been able to set up base there It looks appauling I have to look at it once a week and it discust me and I dont even live there. The people where breaking laws by obstructing paths and driveways. I think if they parked within the law that would have not esculated the issue[/p][/quote]4/10 read more books it helps. Brunning999
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1:25pm Sun 6 May 12

stonybrig says...

Wot a bunch of moaners!!!!
NIMBY brigade get a grip its going in a couple of weeks!!!!
Wot a bunch of moaners!!!! NIMBY brigade get a grip its going in a couple of weeks!!!! stonybrig
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1:57pm Sun 6 May 12

The Cater Wood Creeper says...

stonybrig wrote:
Wot a bunch of moaners!!!! NIMBY brigade get a grip its going in a couple of weeks!!!!
strange that they've waited from June until just under two weeks before they are scheduled to move from the area to whine to the papers about it.
[quote][p][bold]stonybrig[/bold] wrote: Wot a bunch of moaners!!!! NIMBY brigade get a grip its going in a couple of weeks!!!![/p][/quote]strange that they've waited from June until just under two weeks before they are scheduled to move from the area to whine to the papers about it. The Cater Wood Creeper
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5:02pm Sun 6 May 12

doasilikey says...

"........site, and to apologise for any inconvenience caused while we’ve been working in the area on behalf of Basildon Council."

A rather cheap attempt at suggesting that the parking of the builder fraternity is really for the public good. Well, I don't buy it. On the other hand, the residents don't have exclusive use of the road. I'm sure that a little consideration would have saved The Echo a story.
"........site, and to apologise for any inconvenience caused while we’ve been working in the area on behalf of Basildon Council." A rather cheap attempt at suggesting that the parking of the builder fraternity is really for the public good. Well, I don't buy it. On the other hand, the residents don't have exclusive use of the road. I'm sure that a little consideration would have saved The Echo a story. doasilikey
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6:01pm Sun 6 May 12

keithrg says...

markiemark58 wrote:
What insensitive axxxholes you are.Bet you wouldn't be so smug if you had a builder's van across your drive all day long. Wise up. It's about time these types started showing a bit of respect for their environment and those they affect with their mindless actions
well said
[quote][p][bold]markiemark58[/bold] wrote: What insensitive axxxholes you are.Bet you wouldn't be so smug if you had a builder's van across your drive all day long. Wise up. It's about time these types started showing a bit of respect for their environment and those they affect with their mindless actions[/p][/quote]well said keithrg
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6:13pm Sun 6 May 12

keithrg says...

doasilikey wrote:
"........site, and to apologise for any inconvenience caused while we’ve been working in the area on behalf of Basildon Council." A rather cheap attempt at suggesting that the parking of the builder fraternity is really for the public good. Well, I don't buy it. On the other hand, the residents don't have exclusive use of the road. I'm sure that a little consideration would have saved The Echo a story.
all True
[quote][p][bold]doasilikey[/bold] wrote: "........site, and to apologise for any inconvenience caused while we’ve been working in the area on behalf of Basildon Council." A rather cheap attempt at suggesting that the parking of the builder fraternity is really for the public good. Well, I don't buy it. On the other hand, the residents don't have exclusive use of the road. I'm sure that a little consideration would have saved The Echo a story.[/p][/quote]all True keithrg
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6:43pm Sun 6 May 12

muffindamule says...

I hope they've shown more proffesionalism and attention to detail on the repair work they have been carrying out than they have on the shoddy construction of their cabin office.
I hope they've shown more proffesionalism and attention to detail on the repair work they have been carrying out than they have on the shoddy construction of their cabin office. muffindamule
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7:25pm Sun 6 May 12

doasilikey says...

muffindamule wrote:
I hope they've shown more proffesionalism and attention to detail on the repair work they have been carrying out than they have on the shoddy construction of their cabin office.
I very much doubt it. “Hope is faith holding out its hand in the dark.”
[quote][p][bold]muffindamule[/bold] wrote: I hope they've shown more proffesionalism and attention to detail on the repair work they have been carrying out than they have on the shoddy construction of their cabin office.[/p][/quote]I very much doubt it. “Hope is faith holding out its hand in the dark.” doasilikey
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11:42am Mon 7 May 12

Alan Jacobs says...

Absolutely typical of most builders when they pitch up for a job.
They don't give a monkees.
Absolutely typical of most builders when they pitch up for a job. They don't give a monkees. Alan Jacobs
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11:42am Mon 7 May 12

Alan Jacobs says...

Absolutely typical of most builders when they pitch up for a job.
They don't give a monkees.
Absolutely typical of most builders when they pitch up for a job. They don't give a monkees. Alan Jacobs
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11:42am Tue 8 May 12

R85 says...

Yeah builders are the most inconsiderate parkers you get! The people saying the residents are moaners don’t have a clue! What if a guys wife was giving birth or a any of the million other reasons why somebody might NEED to get out of their driveway. Unbelievably inconsiderate and out of order! I cant fathom how anybody could actually park over a driveway! So many people on here have no ability to put themselves in others shoes, however think they have a right to pass judgment – Either that or they are so ridiculously arrogant they think they should have a right to park anywhere!

What can you do in this situation, short of smashing the window and releasing the handbrake? If you were to let all 4 of their tyres down that might be satisfying if you don’t need off your drive - could you get away with this – it’s not actually causing any damage is it?? Hmmm …
Yeah builders are the most inconsiderate parkers you get! The people saying the residents are moaners don’t have a clue! What if a guys wife was giving birth or a any of the million other reasons why somebody might NEED to get out of their driveway. Unbelievably inconsiderate and out of order! I cant fathom how anybody could actually park over a driveway! So many people on here have no ability to put themselves in others shoes, however think they have a right to pass judgment – Either that or they are so ridiculously arrogant they think they should have a right to park anywhere! What can you do in this situation, short of smashing the window and releasing the handbrake? If you were to let all 4 of their tyres down that might be satisfying if you don’t need off your drive - could you get away with this – it’s not actually causing any damage is it?? Hmmm … R85
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12:10pm Tue 8 May 12

King El says...

R85 wrote:
Yeah builders are the most inconsiderate parkers you get! The people saying the residents are moaners don’t have a clue! What if a guys wife was giving birth or a any of the million other reasons why somebody might NEED to get out of their driveway. Unbelievably inconsiderate and out of order! I cant fathom how anybody could actually park over a driveway! So many people on here have no ability to put themselves in others shoes, however think they have a right to pass judgment – Either that or they are so ridiculously arrogant they think they should have a right to park anywhere!

What can you do in this situation, short of smashing the window and releasing the handbrake? If you were to let all 4 of their tyres down that might be satisfying if you don’t need off your drive - could you get away with this – it’s not actually causing any damage is it?? Hmmm …
A friend of mine once had his tyres let down 'by proxy' so to speak. Small pebbles had been inserted in the valves and the dustcaps screwed back on. Takes a long time for the tyres to deflate . He drove home and didn't notice the flat tyres until it was time to drive to work next day. A few days previously he had found a note asking him to refrain from half blocking someone's drive but had chosen to ignore it. He was not happy having to reinflate his tyres before work and now parks with a little more consideration.
[quote][p][bold]R85[/bold] wrote: Yeah builders are the most inconsiderate parkers you get! The people saying the residents are moaners don’t have a clue! What if a guys wife was giving birth or a any of the million other reasons why somebody might NEED to get out of their driveway. Unbelievably inconsiderate and out of order! I cant fathom how anybody could actually park over a driveway! So many people on here have no ability to put themselves in others shoes, however think they have a right to pass judgment – Either that or they are so ridiculously arrogant they think they should have a right to park anywhere! What can you do in this situation, short of smashing the window and releasing the handbrake? If you were to let all 4 of their tyres down that might be satisfying if you don’t need off your drive - could you get away with this – it’s not actually causing any damage is it?? Hmmm …[/p][/quote]A friend of mine once had his tyres let down 'by proxy' so to speak. Small pebbles had been inserted in the valves and the dustcaps screwed back on. Takes a long time for the tyres to deflate . He drove home and didn't notice the flat tyres until it was time to drive to work next day. A few days previously he had found a note asking him to refrain from half blocking someone's drive but had chosen to ignore it. He was not happy having to reinflate his tyres before work and now parks with a little more consideration. King El
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