Work­ers ejected from site af­ter abuse al­le­ga­tion

Coventry Telegraph - - NEWS - By ELIS SANDFORD elis.sandford@reach­ Gal­li­ford Try spokesman

News Re­porter A NUM­BER of work­men have been re­moved from a stu­dent ac­com­mo­da­tion block in Coven­try City Cen­tre af­ter an in­ci­dent which al­legedly saw a passer-by ver­bally abused.

The in­ci­dent is be­lieved to have taken place on Mon­day morn­ing, when three work­ers at the Go­diva Place stu­dent ac­com­mo­da­tion on Lower Ford Street were ac­cused of mock­ing a “young dis­abled lad”, who walked past the site.

The ac­cu­sa­tion was posted anony­mously on The Cov Bi­ble’s Face­book page.

A wit­ness to the in­ci­dent lodged a com­plaint at the site of­fice – which is run by con­struc­tion com­pany Gal­li­ford Try.

Three hours later, the men were still seen to be work­ing on the site – though Gal­li­ford Try have since con­firmed that ac­tion has been taken against them, even though they are sub-con­trac­tors rather than em­ploy­ees.

The Tele­graph con­tacted Gal­li­ford Try, who con­firmed that an in­ves­ti­ga­tion was held fol­low­ing the in­ci­dent.

The men were spot­ted on the site hours later, as the in­ves­ti­ga­tion was on­go­ing.

A Gal­li­ford Try spokesper­son said: “Af­ter re­ceiv­ing a com­plaint from a mem­ber of the pub­lic, a short in­ves­ti­ga­tion was held into the al­leged be­hav­iour of a group of in­di­vid­u­als di­rected at a passer-by ad­ja­cent to the one of our FUEL prices have risen for a 10th suc­ces­sive week.

The av­er­age cost of a litre of un­leaded stands at more than £1.30 at UK fore­courts, with diesel ex­ceed­ing £1.34, Govern­ment fig­ures show.

Fuel has not been more ex­pen­sive than cur­rent lev­els since July 2014.

Since April, the cost of fill­ing up a typ­i­cal 55-litre fam­ily car that runs on un­leaded or diesel has risen by around £6.

Chan­cel­lor Philip Ham­mond hinted sites. Fol­low­ing this a de­ci­sion was taken to in­struct those in­volved, who are all em­ployed by one of our sub­con­trac­tors, to leave the site.

“As a busi­ness, we de­plore any kind of un­wanted at­ten­tion from any­one in­volved on our sites to­wards mem­bers of the pub­lic and re­main com­mit­ted to de­mand­ing the high­est stan­dards of be­hav­iour from our work­force. We will be work­ing with the sub­con­trac­tor in­volved and all the op­er­a­tives on this site to en­sure that every­one is aware of their re­spon­si­bil­i­ties. “We apol­o­gise to the per­son af­fected by this in­ci­dent and any other mem­bers of the pub­lic who wit­nessed it. We would also like to thank those who brought it to our at­ten­tion.”

The al­leged in­ci­dent took place at Go­diva Place, one of a num­ber of stu­dent ac­com­mo­da­tion projects on­go­ing across Coven­try . Set to open later this month in time for the new aca­demic year, the 770 bed ac­com­mo­da­tion is split into 4-12 en suite bed­room flats, stu­dios, and dou­ble stu­dios, and will be home to Coven­try Univer­sity stu­dents.

Univer­sity owned, the ac­com­mo­da­tion will also have an on-site laun­drette, and ev­ery res­i­dent will be given a univer­sity gym mem­ber­ship.

Un­like the univer­sity’s other new ac­com­mo­da­tion, Bish­op­gate – on the site of the old Post Of­fice build­ing, there are still spa­ces up for grabs at Go­diva Place, at a price of £153 per week for an en suite room, and £125 each for a dou­ble stu­dio. ear­lier this week that he may scrap the eight-year freeze on fuel duty in this au­tumn’s Bud­get. He told MPs his de­part­ment’s anal­y­sis from 2014, which stated the ben­e­fits of the freeze off­set all tax losses, would “have to be looked at again in the con­text of the econ­omy to­day”.

Fuel duty has been kept at a rate of 58p per litre since 2011. Mr Ham­mond said this has saved the av­er­age car driver £850 com­pared with the pre-2010 es­ca­la­tor.

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