A council worker had a shock on Wednesday last week when a tile fell from scaffolding and smashed between his feet. Micheal Weaver, who had been walking near the works at South Street, said the tile could have easily hit him on the head, or hurt an elderly couple next to him who were left very shaken up by the incident.Asked to investigate, Chichester District Council responded that it appeared safety precautions were in place and the tile had been knocked by a scaffolder but Mr Weaver is concerned the same thing could happen again.He said: “It could have put me in hospital or a tile falling from that distance could have killed someone.”He added that the workmen had hard hats and there was netting up but ‘as far as I’m concerned I’m not going to walk under that scaffolding because I know there’s a site risk’.NJS scaffolding said it would like to apologise to Mr Weaver for the incident.A spokesman said: “We pride ourselves in our health … [Read more...] about Falling tile from Chichester roof ‘nearly hits man on head’
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Children are using plastic sacks from a building site to “canoe” down a nearby river, a resident has warned. Concerns have been raised over youngsters spotted taking building material from St Ederyn’s Village development in Cardiff to travel down the River Rhymney. Pontprennau resident Kevin Russell said a number of discarded bags filled with polystyrene were found on Saturday near the river by Bridge Road in Old St Mellons. It came after a number of teenagers were seen using the bags to try and float on the water. Mr Russell, 59, said: “These bags are 15ft long and about two square foot wide and are shaped like a pencil. “They contain hundreds of thousands of small plastic balls almost like tiny marbles.” The discovery followed Natural Resources Wales charging Persimmons Homes £3,612 in clean-up fees following a similar incident last year. The housing developers were also issued a warning let for allowing “polluting material” to … [Read more...] about Children are taking building bags from a construction site to use as canoes
Bosses behind the Lancashire Central site face a daunting task to find a replacement anchor firm after Ikea’s shock withdrawal, experts have said. The Swedish furniture giant - that has been attached as the flagship business for the development from an early stage - announced a U-turn on Friday.READ MORE: Ikea pulls out of Cuerden siteIt is the second major blow for South Ribble in the space of a week after Tesco announced it is pulling out of establishing a 24-hour superstore in Penwortham.Council bosses have remained bullish about their prospects in ploughing ahead with retail plans for the site, which is close to the M6/M65 junction.But Dr Robin Carey, marketing and planning director at the University of Central Lancashire, said without Ikea as its “unique selling point”, Lancashire Central (formerly known as the Cuerden Strategic Site) will struggle to stand out among a sea of similar local retail parks.And Geraint Johnes, professor of economics at Lancaster … [Read more...] about South Ribble Ikea site: What now?
New jobs are on the horizon for at-risk Virgin Media staff in Swansea following crunch talks. Key meetings have been staged by the Welsh Government and employers across the city in a bid to secure new posts for the close to 800-strong workforce - a total of 552 staff are based at Virgin Media with 220 working for subcontractors of the company Sitel. Bosses are looking to shut the Swansea Enterprise Zone site by the autumn of next year, with consultation with staff on the scheme getting under way. Questions were asked in the Senedd as to what steps the Welsh Government was taking to help ensure hundreds of people were found work. A Virgin Media spokesman said their priority is to support their staff. Mike Hedges, AM for Swansea East, said: “Last week we were all surprised, shocked and disappointed to hear that Virgin Media were talking about closing and the loss of just under 800 jobs. “The Welsh Government hadn’t been consulted a great deal at that time, if at all, … [Read more...] about New jobs hope for 800 workers at under-threat Virgin Media site
Vladimir Semashko SOCHI, 14 May (BelTA) – It is absolutely feasible to commission the Belarusian nuclear power plant on time, BelTA learned from Deputy Prime Minister of Belarus Vladimir Semashko during the Atomexpo forum in Sochi on 14 May.“The key matter is we have to commission the first unit by the end of 2019 and the second unit virtually half a year later, in 2020,” said Vladimir Semashko.Deputy Prime Minister of Belarus Vladimir Semashko is expected to meet with Rosatom Director General Aleksei Likhachev at Atomexpo today. A similar meeting took place in Ostrovets in early May. Back then the sides discussed the work schedule and critical events, including the loading of nuclear fuel, the commissioning of the nuclear power plant, and the reaching of the output capacity.“It seems to me we will have to present a report to the Belarus president at the construction site in the near future. We should absolutely be ready for it,” said Vladimir … [Read more...] about Feasible construction schedule for Belarusian nuclear power plant