Crack­ing up

Res­i­dents claim that build­ing site is caus­ing struc­tural dam­age to homes

Ayrshire Post - - Bob Shields - Stu­art Wil­son

A fu­ri­ous dad claims a plush new hous­ing scheme has left his own home crum­bling.

Chris Boswell in­sists build­ing work at Heath­field is caus­ing more than just noise stress for those liv­ing next door.

The Lyons Gate es­tate on the bor­der of Prest­wick and Ayr has trans­formed the site of a for­mer NHS clinic.

But Chris, who lives in nearby An­npit Road, in­sists de­vel­op­ers Keep­moat Homes are leav­ing an un­wanted legacy.

He ex­plained: “Shortly af­ter the build­ing works started, we be­gan to see the dam­age in our house.

“And we’re not alone – a num­ber of houses in the street are the same.

“The cracks in the wall out­side are the worst and very wor­ry­ing for us as a young fam­ily.

“We have a baby who’s just turned one and the last thing you want is an un­sta­ble wall which could fall at any time.”

Chris, 32, in­sists in­ter­nal dam­age has also been suf­fered and points the fin­ger of blame squarely at the nearby con­struc­tion site.

He added: “We re­ceived a grade one house re­port shortly be­fore the works started, so it’s ob­vi­ously hap­pened since then.

“We’ve com­plained to Keep­moat but, pre­dictably, they don’t want to take any of the blame.” A spokesper­son for Keep­moat Homes said: “We take the con­cerns of our res­i­dents and neigh­bours in the lo­cal com­mu­nity ex­tremely se­ri­ously and have been in close com­mu­ni­ca­tion with those who have con­tacted us re­gard­ing their con­cerns.

“Prior to start­ing works on site, and as the works have pro­gressed, an in­de­pen­dent s t ruc­tura l en­gi­neer has mon­i­tored ac­tiv­ity and sub­se­quently sur­veyed the prop­er­ties where con­cerns have been raised.

“Copies of these sur­vey re­ports, which in­di­cate that the move­ment to ad­join­ing prop­er­ties and gar­den walls is long stand­ing, and not due to our on- site ac­tiv­i­ties, have been is­sued to the neigh­bours in ques­tion.”

Split Chris points out the dam­age

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