What is the cost of Blythe road de­lay?


AS a so-called ‘Street Cham­pion’ I have lost count of the num­ber of times I have had to re­port the dan­ger­ous struc­ture on the Blythe Road de­vel­op­ment. This is the tower crane WITH­OUT red light(s) at the top. Even the CAA has had cause for con­cern about this.

Ac­tu­ally this whole area has be­come a sink es­tate with the de­mo­li­tion of Hayes & Har­ling­ton Sta­tion, the two aban­doned tower blocks on the Old Vinyl Fac­tory site along with nearby aban­doned of­fice / fac­tory build­ings, the aban­doned Blythe Road de­vel­op­ment, the Gal­liard de­vel­op­ment with its scaf­fold­ing (that fell down re­cently nearly killing a passerby), and the High Point Vil­lage car­bun­cle which causes a strong cold wind tun­nel ef­fect past Tescos.

With re­gards to the aban­doned de­vel­op­ment at Blythe Road, no­tices at the start pro­claimed that this was a joint pro­ject with Hilling­don Coun­cil. If the orig­i­nal de­vel­op­ers – Wood­lands So­cial Hous­ing – went bank­rupt, then what were the fi­nan­cial im­pli­ca­tions for Hilling­don Coun­cil’s in­vest­ment? That is, how much money was lost by Hilling­don Coun­cil from this bank­ruptcy?

And there is no ex­cuse for the new de­vel­oper – Paradigm – to de­lay restart­ing this pro­ject due to ‘strict EU reg­u­la­tions.’ Such reg­u­la­tions have not stopped sim­i­lar car­bun­cles be­ing built in their hun­dreds all over Lon­don.

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