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Living in darkness is no fun, warns resident next to Greyfriars Quarter hoardings

By citizenmike  |  Posted: February 14, 2014

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Muriel Gough next to the Linden Homes hoardings

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LIVING in darkness is no fun, landlady Muriel Gough says after finding building site hoarding just one foot from her property’s window.

Mrs Gough was horrified when Linden Homes put up the hoarding around the former Gloscat site, which has seemingly shrouded her Brunswick Road property in darkness.

The boards are likely to be up for the best part of 18 months while the developers builds up to 300 new apartments and townhouses on the city centre site which has been branded the Greyfriars Quarter

But Mrs Gough, who is trying to sell the property, said: “It is terrible. It is so bad now. They have put up the boards along my boundary wall. It is in front of my lounge and it is so dark in there.

“The boards are barely a foot from the window.

“It has also caused some slates to come off my roof which is costing me money.

“I tried to speak to someone on the site about it but they couldn’t help me so I wrote a letter to Linden Homes but have not heard back. It’s very frustrating.”

The development’s new showroom was only last week officially unveiled.

The first apartments on the former media site opposite the City Museum will be ready to move into by July, with more opening later in the year, but the Gloscat site, opposite the historic Greyfriars site, will be in the second phase next year.

Mrs Gough added: “When the boards first went up I thought they would only be there for a short while as I know developers don’t hang around, but I then read that they would be here for 18 months.”

Linden Homes said that they did not want to comment on the situation but they are planning to visit Mrs Gough to discuss the problem with her.

The site was last week hailed as ‘filling a big hole’ in the city centre and community leaders hope that it will help to put more life into the centre, especially in the evenings, with some 700 people moving in.

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  • Kay_Powell  |  February 16 2014, 8:05PM

    If you buy a property for £95K and then try to sell it for £150K three years later, and if you fail to object to Linden Homes describing your house as "the bleeding stump", please don't go running to the media to complain about the fact that there is building work going on next door. You knew about the planned work when you purchased the property - at least I assume that you did. You're going to have a huge new building constructed right next to your house - you do realise that, do you? If not, perhaps you should complain to your solicitor.

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  • Werewolfy  |  February 16 2014, 11:13AM

    A criminal act, Mr Anarchy? Gosh and golly, Heaven's above, Not at all; simply being helpful and trying to bring some sunshine into the lady's life! I imagine you know a great deal about criminal acts, Mr Anarchy?

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  • GlosAnarchy  |  February 16 2014, 8:53AM

    Jas37 they are also that hight to keep people out! Werewolfy you wouldn't be suggesting a criminal act would you?????

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  • Werewolfy  |  February 14 2014, 10:54PM

    I have a chain saw available!

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  • jas37  |  February 14 2014, 10:25PM

    I could understand these hoardings being erected to help protect nearby properties during the demolition stage but surely they could be reduced in height now?

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