Fancy a quiet week­end?

CON­STRUC­TION WORK ON SATURDAYS COULD BE BANNED IN THE HEART OF LON­DON

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - Talia.shadwell@reach­plc Lo­cal Democ­racy Re­porter

WITH a sky­line famed for its sky­scrapers and his­toric mon­u­ments, the busy City of Lon­don prides it­self on its sta­tus as the UK’s beat­ing eco­nomic heart.

But it is also home to nearly 9,000 res­i­dents – and some of them would re­ally like to be able to sleep in on the week­ends.

The City of Lon­don Cor­po­ra­tion, which gov­erns the Square Mile – the UK’s fi­nan­cial trad­ing heart – is con­sid­er­ing whether it should ban Satur­day works in or near res­i­den­tial ar­eas to give lo­cals a break.

Cur­rently, “noisy works” are per­mit­ted on week­days be­tween 8am and 8pm, and on Saturdays be­tween 8am and 1pm. Cur­rent pro­vi­sions al­low the City to set lim­its on a site-by-site ba­sis.

Out­side those hours, works like cut­ting us­ing power tools, break­ing con­crete, and load­ing heavy ma­te­ri­als is not per­mit­ted.

The con­sul­ta­tion came about af­ter the Bar­bican As­so­ci­a­tion, rep­re­sent­ing the 4,000 res­i­dents of the City’s largest hous­ing en­clave, wrote ask­ing for the idea to be con­sid­ered.

The con­sul­ta­tion doc­u­ments say Satur­day work for con­struc­tion ac­tiv­ity is an in­dus­try norm na­tion­ally, as there are fewer peo­ple and ve­hi­cles on the streets on week­ends; mean­ing fewer pub­lic safety risks and mak­ing it eas­ier to move loads.

Al­low­ing a pe­riod of noisy works on Saturdays en­ables the build­ing works to be com­pleted faster, re­duc­ing over­all dis­rup­tion, but a bal­ance needed to be set, the re­port added.

Ques­tions in­cluded whether Satur­day works should be ended, and in that case whether the City should be able to al­low works for pub­lic safety rea­sons or where lo­cal neigh­bours would pre­fer to speed up the con­tract.

It also asks whether there would be sup­port for an ex­tra hour to be added to week­day works hours, to make up for the lost Satur­day time.

The con­sul­ta­tion has re­ceived 725 re­sponses al­ready – about three quar­ters from Square Mile res­i­dents, and the rest from busi­nesses, con­struc­tion and de­mo­li­tion firms, and small builders, the City’s Port Health Author­ity heard on Tues­day.

The re­sults will be an­a­lysed and pre­sented to city plan­ners and the author­ity in Novem­ber.

Port author­ity mem­bers were told the eco­nomic and busi­ness im­pacts of lim­it­ing con­struc­tion to five days a week would form part of the con­sul­ta­tion.

Cranes on the sky­line in the City of Lon­don

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