Kier To Change Porthcressa Shift Patterns

There won’t be any more scheduled weekend working on the Porthcressa regeneration project after builders Kier Western failed to gain planning consent to use heavy machinery on Sundays.

Councillors backed some locals who had objected to an application to alter the planning consent because they felt that there was potential for disruption.

So the company will change its working pattern to avoid weekends and follow 5 days on and 2 days off. That replaces the previous schedule of 10 days working and 4 days of leave.

The new working arrangement means that the workers’ travel costs will increase but that is likely to be absorbed by the contractors

Council officer Diana Mompoloki says it’ll cost Kier more, not the Council, as they produced their costs for the project with the original planning condition in mind.

She says the project may take a bit longer to finish but it’s more or less on schedule and is still due to be handed over in November.

Diana says locals should notice an improvement in the site appearance over the next week, with the roof going on to the old bulb store and the balustrade arriving for the path area.


7 Responses to Kier To Change Porthcressa Shift Patterns

  1. Tamar July 4, 2012 at 9:45 am

    I think it is irritationg that is it taking a lonk time and is noisy and dusty, but I think that it is also important to remember that this work is to benefit next season and many seasons beyond. If the work had been scheduled during the winter it would probably take evn longer due to the weather (not that we have had a particularly sunny summer so far!)

  2. Katie F July 3, 2012 at 9:40 pm

    Steve, perhaps you should keep a closer eye on your four year old? One imagines that you wouldn’t let them run around and into possible danger on the mainland? And, regardless of the building work, I’d advise against letting such a young child run out onto a pathway with a steep drop onto a beach anyway – or down a slipway and into open water. At least with the work that’s currently going on, if you continue to visit us in the future, the trip hazard from potholes will be lessened for both your child and other visitors!

  3. Steve Att July 3, 2012 at 12:07 pm

    Should I cancel my holiday then – I’m staying on that side of the island and don’t like the idea of my 4 year old running out onto a building site.

    • Diane Cidade July 4, 2012 at 1:08 pm

      Steve, the site has been fenced off, so is very secure. The idea seems to be that they are working from the opposite ends and into the middle; at the moment the seafront of both businesses on the far Porthcressa side are accessible, while the area nearer Little Porth is awaiting the installation of some sort of fence/security wall type thing on the ‘observation area’. At the end of the day, it’s a building site, and there’s no denying it looks like one. The beach is still fully accessible, I might add, and of course there is still the beach of Little Porth which is far enough removed from the building site that you wouldn’t notice any work going on, and little legs haven’t then got much further to walk. The beach itself and the views from it haven’t changed so I’m sure you and your 4 year old will enjoy it very much all the same!

  4. Todd Stevens July 3, 2012 at 12:23 am

    Our council should have asked the funders and the builders if this project could start in september out of the tourist season- if the answer to this request was “No” by the builder, then the council should have looked to another contractor who would comply to a september start. If the funders said “No” then our council should have refused the funding and tried to get it later from elsewhere.

    • John July 3, 2012 at 8:56 pm

      Since when has September been out of the tourist season? I’ve been going to Scilly in October for the last 22 years and the prices for the accommodation certainly does not reflect on this being “out of season”

  5. Ian July 1, 2012 at 9:11 am

    How can the project be ‘ more or less on schedule’ when the Porthcressa path is weeks, if not months away from being finished – the completion date on all the Kier advertising sheets was the end of June ! This is not good enough with the (hopefully) large summer volumes of visitors soon to arrive.

    Time to ask some difficult questions Keri !