Croydon’s three Crystal Palace and Upper Norwood ward councillors have slammed the treatment of people living on the Auckland Rise estate which sits between Church Road and Auckland Road while unwanted development work takes place.
In an open e-mail to the managing director of Quinn London Ltd which is developing the site for Labour-controlled Croydon council’s 100 per cent owned Brick by Brick, the Labour councillors:
- Say work on the controversial plans is a staggering FORTY WEEKS LATE
- Say the company broke a promise not to work over Christmas
- Are asking what the managing director what he “will do to recompense the community for the treatment they have had to put up with over the past two and a bit years.”
News From Crystal Palace approached both Brick by Brick and Quinn London Ltd for a comment. Brick by Brick have replied – please see separate story.
The e-mail from Cllrs Stephen Mann, Pat Ryan and Nina Degrads reads as follows:
We are writing to you as local Councillors for your site at Auckland Rise SE19.
We have just attended a public meeting, which your company is contractually obliged to attend to find it unprepared, residents treated with contempt, again and yet further slippage to the scheme with no desire to speed it up.
Residents were advised that there would be no working over Christmas only to find this promise broken. Again. A continuation of the shoddy treatment your firm has had for our community.
The scheme is now 40 weeks late. Residents mental health is suffering thanks to your poor project management and delivery.
Residents would like you to attend, in person, the next stakeholder meeting to be held on the first Thursday of February to apologise for the increased disruption, the poor service they have received over the last year from your resident liaison team and the blatant lie about Christmas working.
They would like clear direction as to what you will do to ensure this scheme is finished by the end of February which is the current latest date your team has advised us. They would also like to know what you will do to recompense the community for the treatment they have had to put up with over the past two and a bit years.
We look forward to hearing your response and to seeing you at the stakeholder meeting.