Rude awakening as Flint flats are demolished

Published date: 12 March 2014 |
Published by: Jamie Nield-Siddall 
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ANGRY residents have slammed their local authority about a “lack of thought” for starting demolition work in the early hours.

People living in the remaining Flint maisonettes and the surrounding area have spoken out about the council’s disregard for the community, after workmen began knocking down a section of Muspratt Walk at 5.45am.

Flintshire Council has apologised and assured residents work will not be carried out without informing them in the future.

Pete Bartley, one of the remaining occupants on the estate, was woken by the work.

He said: “I am still annoyed and vexed by their [Flintshire Council’s] lack of thought for people who live in the vicinity.

“If it was me blasting music at that time of morning I would have been arrested if I refused to turn it down.”

Clare Budden, head of housing said the work formed part of the ongoing demolition  of the maisonettes.

She said: “This work began earlier than normal because the section to be removed was very close to the public car park and could not therefore be carried out during normal working hours because of potential health and safety risks to car owners and their vehicles.

“I do apologise to local residents for any inconvenience and can assure them such work will not be carried out again without informing those who may be affected by such activities."

Mr Bartley said demolition work did not start until 8am yesterday.

He added: “The car park is still empty where they sectioned it off and was empty by that part all of yesterday.

“What gets me most is if there were cars parked overnight on that section, they would not have been able to demolish at 5.45am because of possible damage.”

Mr Bartley also expressed his anger of social networking website Facebook – sparking a reaction from residents also affected.

Enid Wilkes wrote: “Could hear the racket of demolition machinery from Castle heights at 5.45am – unbelievable.”

Clare-Marie Meadows wrote: “Ridiculously early I quite agree. They should have given warning. It should be more 8.30am-4.30pm.”

Cynthia Rowlands wrote: “Really sorry for all those still living in the maisonettes.

Must be horrible having to put up with such conditions.”

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