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Work on this project should stop

10 April, 2020

100 Avenue Road

• WE are disappointed Essential Living is continuing with its non-essential construction work on 100 Avenue Road amid a global pandemic.

Though the government has not banned such work, other companies, including HS2 and its contractors, have chosen to put projects on hold.

If national infrastructure works are not deemed essential, it is hard to see how work on 100 Avenue Road can be justified.

Essential Living, the developer, and its contractor John F Hunt, told us that 25 site workers take public transport every day, putting their own staff as well as critical health care and other public sector workers at risk.

There seems to be confusion among the firms’ ranks about the need for workers on site to follow social distancing advice, increasing that risk. Nearby residents forced to self-isolate and work from home meanwhile endure noise and air pollution.

Such behaviour continues to undermine trust between the local community and the developer.
Regular meetings were set up to enable the project to be carried out in good faith.

Yet during our virtual meeting last Thursday, Essential Living did not seek to provide any update or reassurance about their response to coronavirus until prompted by councillors.

We urge that Essential Living and John F Hunt act to protect their own workers and their families, and show respect to the local community and the wider health and care for the community by protecting lives at this very difficult time.

CLLRS LUISA PORRITT & TOM SIMON
Liberal Democrat, Belsize ward

CLLRS NAYRA BELLO O’SHANAHAN, SIMON PEARSON & LEO CASSARANI
Labour, Swiss Cottage ward

CLLR STEVE ADAMS
Conservative, Belsize ward

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