Contributed by Dr Angela Drakakis-Smith
No, things have not progressed. A meeting to discuss the details of materials and dimensions for the replacement wall was cancelled at very short notice because two of the council representatives and the County Council project officer said they were unable to attend – although everyone had had three weeks notice of this meeting. Residents thus regard this is a poor show by the councils concerned particularly as no apology or explanation was offered. It has now been more than a month and we are awaiting the details of a rescheduled meeting. In the meantime, the RA had begun sourcing stone for the new wall. It appears that coping stones alone could cost in the region of £15,000 to replace the ones that were ‘removed’ and ‘disappeared’. Residents are adamant that the new wall will match the existing wall and will not be of reconstituted forticrete – the material the developer attempted to ‘sell’ to people as a fitting substitute. Failure to set up a meeting by the end of the month will ensure that the Ombudsman and the Appeals Inspector are brought into the equation in order to get the wall rebuilt – in real time!