Bankside building a misery for residents

Ron Glynn
Ron Glynn

Noise, dust and unsocial working hours on a major building site are making residents’ lives unbearable in Bodicote.

Ron Glynn and his wife Jenny say they cannot sit outside their home in Canal Lane because of the din from the Longford Park building development (known as Bankside).

“Because there are three companies building houses, we have 12 diggers working at the same time,” said Mr Glynn.

“We are woken up at 7.45am by the machines and they don’t turn around, they just reverse up and down the roadways so we get bleeping non-stop.

“During the winter months we were getting their flashing lights disturbing us too.

“My neighbours are suffering the same. We feel abandoned as there seems to be no concern or consideration from Cherwell District Council.”

“The noise and also the ground works taking place behind our properties at 33 Oxford Road (where an accessway is being constructed) is making it impossible to sit or work in the garden,” he added.

Both Mr Glynn and Bodicote Parish Council have appealed to Cherwell District Council to take strong action. Cherwell spokesman Jemma Callow said: “The council’s planning and antisocial behaviour teams have received reports from a resident of Canal Lane and from Bodicote Parish Council relating to alleged noise and dust issues from the Longford Park development.

“These complaints have been investigated and we initially sought to resolve the issues informally through contact with the development consortium. This approach has failed to produce the response we would have wished and the antisocial behaviour team are in the process of escalating this to formal action.”

Miss Callow said reports of disturbance from the 33 Oxford Road site were received last Thursday and are under investigation.