1. Recent activity: piling activity completed; excavation of site near farmers’ market finished and progressing to the south, near parkland; most of noisy breaking out 95% complete.
2. Future works: include more foundations and retaining walls, construction of basement box and ground floor slab.
3. Tower crane: some concern recorded about safety of recently installed tower crane, particularly in windy conditions. It was explained that the crane is designed to unlock over certain wind speeds to act like a weather vane rather than a sail!
4. Noise and pollution: readings from dust and sound monitors all below legal limit. Readings on website to be graphical. Discussion about averages versus peaks. Request for measuring pollution levels in relation to base level not possible because planning regulations refer to specific pollutants. Camden representatives also explained the difficulty of measuring additional pollution in such an already polluted area.
5. Vehicle compliance: a question on vehicle compliance to Euro 6, including small vans, was that only two or three sub 7.5 ton vans per day. Camden’s ultra low emission zone will include the site after October 2021, but restrictions do not cover construction machinery.
6. CMP: old version currently being followed; when changed to new version, daily vehicle numbers will increase to 25 over parkland. There was a reminder that movements are to be presented as a graph. Talks with TfL re moving the crane were non-productive as were the CWG’s requests for a TfL representative to attend the meetings. Meanwhile awaiting completion of safety audit from TfL prior to using new CMP, which should be operative around June. However, new CMP is also dependent on payment of bond which is awaiting amendment to parkland licence.
7. Construction Impact Fund: model is that recorded breaches are investigated and the bond is to recover council costs of investigating rather than a fine.
8. Construction contractor: no agreement of commercial terms with MACE. Hopefully new contractor announced within next two meetings and to start June/July.
9. Council contact: S106 manager will not be directly replaced but enforcement officer is still main contact. If residents require specific officer to attend meetings, write in advance to line manager, Brian Macdonald.
PLEASE NOTE: Next CWG meeting will be video conference call on 2nd April at 18.00. Register with Barry Coltrini: <firstname.lastname@example.org>