Apr 7 2011 By Jenny Coombes
"LEAVE our road alone" is the message from West Drayton residents claiming their cul-de-sac is still being blighted by a massive housing development on their doorstep.
The Gazette has reported on problems caused by the Drayton Garden Village development, on the former National Air Traffic Service (NATS)site in Porter's Way, West Drayton.
Neighbours living near the site have complained of dust, caused by the demolition of the concrete and reinforced metal building.
Noise was also a problem as work got underway on the 775-home, 32-acre project.
Residents in nearby Rutters Close claim to have been particularly affected, as their homes overlook the back of the site. They fought a plan to use their road as an access point to the site, as they claimed it would lead to traffic and parking problems in the already narrow street.
Last week (April 4) neighbours raced from their homes to stop utility workers digging up grass verges which belong to home owners, in order to run power cables through to the site.
Luckily the work was stopped when the power company realised the verges were privately owned.
Resident Ann Knowles said: "We shouldn't want to stop the development from opening – people need housing – but leave us out of it. Leave our road alone."
Neighbour Dave Wheatley added: "It's been going on and on. No one seems to want to know us any more."
Paul Brett, land director of Inland Homes, admitted the company's relationship with the Rutter's Close residents was not good. He said the row over the access point did "get people's backs up and they have remained up" but claimed at the time the firm was following suggestions from Hillingdon Council.
He added: "With a development of this size it is often the communities next door who feel an impact. But we are doing everything we can to mitigate the problems. I can't say it's going to happen right away but within 18 months the disruption will be incredibly reduced."
When finished, the site will include a health centre and 80-bedroom care home, as well as parking spaces and gardens.