Last Friday, Local MP Christopher Pincher, visited the Dunstall Park site along Dunstall Lane to see the progress, meet builders and apprentices and talk with senior management about concerns raised in casework by local residents. Both Barratt Homes and David Wilson Homes are constructing homes for local people on the site.
COVID19 saw building grind to a halt and many of the builders unable to get to work. With the economy re-opening and construction resumed, the Dunstall Park site have put in social distancing measures to keep employees safe. This includes 2m distancing, temperature checks, hand washing, reduced numbers in public spaces, social distancing marshals and more.
The site was hit last year by a combination of Storm Dennis and Storm Ciara which led to higher river waters. Christopher Pincher MP raised this with David Thomas, the CEO of Barratt Homes to find out more about their flood prevention plan.
Commenting, Christopher Pincher MP said:
“It was good to see construction resuming and all those local Tamworth jobs being secured. The house building sector is going to be key to the re-invigoration of the economy after COVID19.
“Chatting to the site foreman, builders, apprentices and the sales team it is clear that they want to get back to work safely and to reverse the slow progress over the last six months. Many of these are Tamworth jobs, jobs that feed local families and pay for homes and holidays.
“I welcomed the opportunity to talk to CEO David Thomas about some issues residents have raised with me, primarily about flooding and local infrastructure. On flooding, Barratt have put in a drainage system that increases flow back into the river quicker than previously - which has ensured the site remained safe during recent storms. I agree that building vital local infrastructure at the same time as the housing development is the correct thing to do. Barratt and the Borough Council have agreed that Barratt will spend over £6m on local projects like a new school, bridge crossing, travel plans and more and these will really help the community. Community green spaces post COVID 19 are even more important than ever.
“Tamworth is open for business and I will continue to promote job opportunities for local people wherever I can.”