Supported Living Scheme – Barnard Road

Here is the latest situation concerning the construction of the Supported Living Scheme taking place in Barnard Road –

In a recent article on this blog I wrote about the request a resident spoke with me about concerning the poor state of Barnard Road on Ashmore Park. The new Supported Living Home being constructed by Voyage appeared to have ‘lost control’ over the contractors building the development.

The resident asked me to pop a long and take a look. Which I did.

It was an appalling mess. Mud on the road and footpaths, which were also obstructed, Vans everywhere!  There appeared to me to be a lack of control, and the planning conditions placed on the developer, were it seemed not being carried out.

I wrote immediately  to the Highway Authority and Planning Authority so that they could be made aware of the situation. They have responded by telling me that –

“The supported living scheme currently being built on Barnard road is designed to support adults with a learning disability who will benefit from living in a community environment rather than residential care. 

The building was originally scheduled to be completed at the end of October 2017, however the contractor has reported difficulties recruiting and retaining appropriate tradesman and a design issue with the roof has resulted in a delay to the completion of the building, which is now scheduled for completion by 8 January 2018 with new tenants moving in by 22 January 2018

The trench in the road has been filled in and covered up, the final top layer of tarmac was placed on 28 November 2017. And the project manager will be on-site to check that this is completed correctly.

Voyage have held a number of community events and a recruitment event locally in the Hub. 

A further ‘drop in’ session is planned to take place on 16th December at the Community Hub. Residents of Ashmore Park will be invited to drop in between 1030 and 1230, should they have any questions about the build.

I will continue to inform residents via my social media sites as more information is delivered.

Phil Bateman

Phil Bateman is Married to Mary and lives in Wednesfield North. He was a long serving local politician having served previously on the now defunct West Midlands County Council... read more