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Dartford residents demand apology over 'living nightmare' development
A GROUP of Dartford residents is demanding a formal apology from a developer for making their lives a "living nightmare".
Around 40 Invicta Road homeowners have signed a petition calling on PJ Livesey to acknowledge the disruption they say has been caused by the development of the old Stone House Hospital site.
The company has put up new blocks of flats as well as renovating Grade II listed buildings on the site but residents of homes backing onto the development are furious at the way it was done.
They cite "clouds" of dust caused by building over the summer, bad language and Sunday working by builders, poorly maintained retaining walls and a loss of privacy as causes for concern.
Avril Pannett, 39, told News Shopper: "It’s been like a living nightmare. We have had copious amounts of dust coming over and swearing and shouting.
"Our privacy is lost obviously because they have built a three storey block overlooking the back garden.
"They haven’t thought about the people who are already here and they just don’t really care."
Fellow Invicta Road resident Sue Thorne, 46, claims builders have thrown screws and a plank of wood into her garden.
The office worker said: "Luckily, it landed on the shed at the back and didn't come any further into the garden.
"Obviously this is considerably bigger than a couple of screws and if this had been lobbed any further, and if somebody had been in my garden, then I dread to think what the consequences would have been."
Fellow Invicta Road resident Sam Stones, 37, added: "They think they can just walk over us. Everyone all the way along the street has had enough.
"I’m waiting for them to repair the wall at the back of my property. If you leaned on it it would basically go."
Deputy Mayor of Dartford Councillor Avtar Sandhu backed Mr Stones’ concerns.
He said: "It could cause devastation to a family if the wall came down. It’s just absolutely appalling the way the company is working."
A PJ Livesey spokesman said: "A large project like the redevelopment of the former Stone House Hospital site will inevitably lead to some minor problems for which we apologise to anyone affected.
"We have met with nearby residents and councillors to try and resolve any issues as they arose and will continue to work with them, offering to plant trees in their gardens and to repair retaining walls as a gesture of good will.
"The transformation of Stone House, which in turn has unlocked wider investment for the community, has the full backing of the council and we have had many positive comments from existing neighbours about the quality of the scheme and how it has enhanced the area.
"We are extremely proud of being able to bring the handsome Grade II listed buildings back into use to create much needed new homes of character."
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