p9080755Work on the second phase of the Poynton Revitalisation Scheme has been given top marks after a recent inspection by the Considerate Constructors Scheme.

Cheshire East Council, along with
P Casey (Land Reclamation) Ltd, achieved a score of 84 per cent for their efforts during the works at Fountain Place.

Every aspect of the scheme was judged, from 'being a good neighbour', to the project's impact on the environment and local community.

Areas highlighted by the inspector for praise include:

Progress reports to local residents through evening presentations, mail shots and web updates;

Frequent contact with traders keeping them abreast of works directly affecting them;

Working with the RSPB to avoid disrupting birds during nesting season;

 Employing a specialist traffic management company to deal with on-site problems; and

Keeping an orderly and well-maintained site.

The inspector did acknowledge that one of the difficulties of the project was that is was being carried out in full view of the public and the disruption it would cause for residents.

However, he went on to say that the team "did seem to be doing their best to communicate what is happening and, as far as possible, make it tolerable."

This phase of the project is still set to be substantially complete by the end of November, ahead of the busy Christmas trading period.

Councillor Howard Murray, Chairman of the Poynton Revitalisation Steering Group, said: "Throughout this phase of the project we have redoubled our efforts to involve residents and traders as much as possible, trying to reduce disruption and keep the groups updated on our progress.

"I am delighted that the hard work of our officers, and of our partner Casey, has been recognised. We would like to thank residents, retailers and visitors for the patience they have shown, and continue to show, during the revitalisation."

Councillor Rod Menlove, Cabinet member with responsibility for environmental services, said: "This has been a complicated project where we have worked in close partnership with the local community. This report is pleasing and shows that we have adopted the right approach." 

With thanks to Northwest Construction Now