One Year of Life at Home

 

 View from home:

This time last year I was working on the ending to an illustrated novella. It was quite hard work but it seemed to going well, perhaps even gaining a finishing momentum. My makeshift home studio, in a residential cul-de-sac, functioned perfectly well as what Orwell described as “a good and quiet place to write”, but by August 2016 it was under constant siege from unapproved and damaging heavy construction traffic (Trucks).  Other issues around intrusive, pointless & unapproved lighting also arose.

The novel stopped and this impromptu and unwanted visual / drawn diary took over as I tried to make sense of what was happening & sought answers. I stepped up documentation of the damage to our home and site activity (which started at 8:00 AM 6 days a week). Pored over the planning portal, gathering the nuances and loopholes within construction industry operating proceedures. On a daily basis I’ve spoken to, phoned, emailed or arranged visits for; the school, site manager, site foreman, site works, truck drives, construction company MD, construction company CEO, construction industry regulators, council project manager, council planning department, council traffic management, local councillors, our insures, their insurers, structural surveyor, our loss adjustor, their loss adjustor and trades people to do the extensive repairs.

The answer, in a well honed chorus, from the developer, the council and the industry in general has been:

1: It wasn’t us!

2: It didn’t happen!

3: We’ve got planning!

I put together this collection of drawings, in part, to try to draw a line under the experience – but from what I’ve learnt so far an amicable closure to this sad, sorry saga anytime soon is unlikely. The drawings are not about what a construction site looks like but more about the raw experience of living next to one that is damaging your property and your peace of mind. . . they are about being ignored and being constantly lied to.

It was them, they did do it, they didn’t have planning permission . . .

Drawings Produced as a Consequence of Living at Home:

Construction liability Feb 17 copy

 

Considerate construction 2 Oct 16.jpgConsiderate construction 0 Oct 16.jpg
Come into my parlour Oct 16.jpg
Construction Art 2 March 17Lord Construction Waiting April 17 after rembrant

Construction meets planning 2 May 17

Trust me April edit

Lord Construction & Cronies V2 28 April 17 resize


 



Lord Construction's holiday 20 April 17 copy

Neighbourhood Sept 178 degrees .sept 16.jpg

Fat cat in a pram Jan17

Donkey tatto June 17Meeting Nov 17Psyco builder Sketch Nov 17Not quite blinded by the lights May 18psycho council April 18Home improvement 17Business meeting Jan 18Help our selves Oct 17pointless lights Oct 17Restriction of usage Oct 17beggars belief nov 17futile cycling Nov 17Keep it Nov 17Didn't happen Nov 17Costain Mo Dec 17No answers Dec 17What happens in panel 3 Dec 18Some way Dec 17jpgNon sense Jan 18Supercilious construction Jan 18Your enviroment Jan 18Construction quantity surveyor Jan 18Construction industry, jpegLabour Politics April 2018 2Nothing we can do 2 Oct 17DcOh9c5X0AANIuQHours days months July 18No case to answer Aug 18Corrupt as fuck Oct 18Lewisham council aug 18Project manager Aug 18Why bother 2- All I wanna do is . . . & take ya money July 18Because July 18Solid Goal April 18Not quite blinded by the lights May 18psycho council April 18

 

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