A Paisley councillor claims local residents are being ignored by a national housing developer after making numerous complaints regarding a site in the Shortroods area of Paisley.
Mags MacLaren, SNP Councillor for Paisley Northwest, said she has received complaints from nearby residents regarding a Keepmoat building site along Inchinnan and Mosslands Roads in Shortroods.
Complaints have included, the state of the roads which the company fails to clean after work has been carried out, mud and soil along both roads and pavements which causes a mess on local’s cars as well as pedestrians shoes and clothing, road closures being changed and temporary traffic lights being utilised without any warning and inadequate fencing which has even collapsed.
Councillor Mags MacLaren told Renfrewshire News she has regularly contacted council officers asking them to intervene and the last reply she received highlighted their frustration. Things appear to be so bad that they have asked the police to intervene.
She said: “I’ve had numerous complaints about the house building site in Shortroods, where the builders seem intent on causing as much disruption to residents as possible.”
“I welcome the new housing in the area and everyone accepts that there will be some disruption while these properties are being built. However, the contractor seems to simply ignore residents and the council who have complained about the mess they leave the local area in and who simply believe they can do what they wish without regard to anyone else.
“It’s got so bad with this contractor moving temporary road closures and temporary traffic lights that the local bus service was temporarily withdrawn as the bus company didn’t know which road would be open until their buses turned up.”
A spokesperson for Keepmoat Homes said: “We had arranged for our contractors to clean the area following any work as well as regularly sweeping the area with our own equipment. However, following complaints from residents we are now looking into this further to make sure the area is swept on a more regular basis.
“We had to undertake roadworks along a stretch of New Inchinnan Road and so the traffic lights had to be moved as the work progressed, in order for the work to be completed. The temporary traffic lights have now gone from New Inchinnan Road. The works are due to be completed in the future and notification will again be posted advising of these works. These works are essential to the road upgrade and we can only apologise for any inconvenience caused.
“We have also now resolved the problems we had with the fence line. This has now been moved and measures put in place to reinforce the fence to prevent it from blowing over in high winds.
“We take the complaints of the residents in the areas we work in very seriously and would like to apologise for any distress that has been caused.
“We would like to take this opportunity to reassure all those concerned that we are continuing to take the necessary steps to reduce any impact our work has on nearby residents.”