2012 was the year of the skip and the year of the builder's van as far as Waldegrave Road was concerned.... Sometimes there were as many as 4 skips and upto a dozen vans within spitting distance of AbiRhodesCastle - creating tremendous parking problems during the day and difficulty in the late evening too - we sometimes had to park 2 streets away!
I'd hoped it had come to an end - but this morning a humongous skip was delivered just across the road from my next door neighbour. Luckily just 1 van at present but I fear worse is to come - the people who live in the house where the skip is probably think they have a dog-given right to park their n vehicles nearby too
Big building projects nowadays tend to put up large notices telling us about Considerate Construction and do not leave skips and piles of building materials on the public highway and the pavement - when they do they are required to make arrangements for pedestrians etc
Small builders seem to have no such consideration for the inconvenience and problems they create and cause in their wake
If you are a small builder or sub-contractor please have a little... no - a lot more consideration for the neighbours of the folk you are working for - don't use a huge skip which occupies 3 parking spaces when a series of small ones will do the job equally well, and be aware that if your guys turn up in half a dozen vans which stand by doing nothing other than being in the way of others - why can't they all come to your depot or yard and be transported back and forth to the site they're working at. If you haven't got a yard or depot - then get one - OK, it might increase your overheads but at least you'll get a bit more respect from the people you're causing frustration to.
I know at least 3 firms I'd never invite to quote for a job - just because they've caused so much havoc and mayhem when they've been working locally in the past