Our roving reporter Alfred writes:
What on earth has happened to the ‘Barkingside Square’ project? I understand that work on the site started last September (that’s nearly five months ago!) but all that can be seen now is a scene of complete devastation instantly comparable to the chaos left behind by the Olympic authorities in Hainault Country Park.Editor: What Alfred doesn’t seem to appreciate is the 80/20 rule of Project Management – 80% of the work gets done in the last 20% of the time available.
The area round the library and swimming pool has been converted into a sea of deep mud – drying out a bit now - and while the partial destruction of the old site has certainly taken place at some time, reconstruction of anything resembling an improvement seems a very long way off the target completion date of March this year. Since some work has obviously been carried out, these remarks might seem a little unfair but we live close by and my wife and I pass the area at least twice a week and so far, over the last five or six weeks we have yet to see a single person working on the site either by day or by night.
The location has been turned into a deserted – and hazardous – bombsite. Is the Council pleading weather constraints again? After all who would expect bad weather in the winter in England? Or has the money run out? (What can you get for two million quid these days, after all?)
If the invisible workforce continues on its present apparent course it seems we may look forward to the much-vaunted ‘regeneration’ being completed just in time for the coronation of George VII. Perhaps that was the original plan anyway?