Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Better Barkingside – A View


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.

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?
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.

11 comments:

  1. The problem is that the contract went to Kensons who are highly accomplished at turning a 4 week job into a 40 week one, and are granted far too many opportunities for creating long-term hazards in Redbridge. Other examples include highway and environmental "improvements" in Manford Way and Woodford Bridge. There nis a huge need for a rigorous scrutiny job here.

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  2. You may well be right Morris. You usually are! Does anyone know if penalties are in place for overrunning time?

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  3. pretty sure I read (ilford recorder)that they have stopped due to finding aspestos

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    1. That report was in respect of the site in Virginia Gardens, not the High Street, The High Street area has looked like a bomb site for weeks.

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    2. There was "activity" on the main square yesterday
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    3. Activity? Or simply Kensons indulging in an opportunity for a spot of free advertising?

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  4. Here's a thought: does anybody have any ideas about how we can improve the bombsite in front of the Swimming Baths? I'm thinking "Barkingside Regeneration" here.

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  5. It is a disgrace that the work seems to have come to a complete standstill.As a regular visitor to the Leisure Centre this should have been well under way by now. Will it ever be finished? I ask if the money is justified now when there seems no end in sight.

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    1. It is typical Redbridge Highways and contracts awarded to Kensons. Why does work undertaken by them ALWAYS last something like 8 times as long as it should? Why are they awarded several jobs simultaneously and then devote a few hours a day to each of them rather than concentrating on one for complete days from start to finish?

      There appears to be a relationship worthy of thorough and independent examination.

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  6. It will soon be the 70th anniversary of WW2 D-Day Landings, perhaps we could re-enact them on the Town Sqaure,plenty of sand and shell holes.

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