Mum’s disgust after builders put ‘viewing gallery’ sign outside bedroom window

A mother says she has been left "disgusted" after builders placed a "viewing gallery" sign on scaffolding opposite her bedroom window.

Angela Mills, who lives close to the redevelopment of Templemore Baths in Belfast, said she was left feeling "uncomfortable" in her own home due to the privacy concern.

She joins several other residents who say they've been plagued with issues including constant noise and dust covering their homes.

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Neighbours claim they have "suffered 21 months of noise and disruption" and slammed the council for their lack of engagement throughout the construction, reports Belfast Live.

Angela, of Glenmore Street, said: "For those of us living in Glenmore the past 21 months have been horrendous. We are dealing with constant noise, dirt and dust, although some residents are having far more trouble than others.

"In March, I dealt with one incident that I found particularly worrying when I looked out of my bedroom window and saw that the workers had zip-tied a viewing gallery sign to the scaffolding directly opposite my window.

"This wasn't on the ground level either, it was a few floors up where they would have been able to look directly into my room.

"I was disgusted by it and went straight to the site manager to report it, who thankfully apologised and had it removed, but it has left me feeling very uncomfortable in my own home on top of everything else that has gone on."

Taxi driver Derek Coulter shared that he hasn't had a decent night's sleep in nearly two years due to the construction and said that he is feeling "completely run down."

"The past 21 months my life has been hell living next to this construction site," he said.

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"Our houses and cars are constantly covered in dust and dirt from the site, which means I am having to wash my car daily in order to go to work, something I cannot afford to continue to do.

"I feel depressed that I am going to have even more months of this to deal with and am worried this will go on for over two years."

Ricky Jackson highlighted similar issues saying that he is unable to open the windows in his home due to the dust coming from the building site.

A Belfast City Council spokesperson said: “Council has committed an ambitious £105million investment in its leisure estate across the city, offering a once-in-a-generation opportunity to improve the health and wellbeing of the people of Belfast and provide residents with modern and vibrant leisure facilities.

"This includes £17million in the redevelopment of Templemore Baths, the last working public baths in Ireland.

"This project is restoring the existing building to its former glory and extending to provide modern leisure facilities including a 25 metre pool, spa facilities and a fitness suite.

"The project was the subject of extensive consultation. The Council recognises that there is a degree of inconvenience with any new capital build however the restoration of Templemore Baths will bring this iconic heritage building fully back into use and help us to get more people, more active, more often in Belfast.

"The contractor is part of the Considerate Constructors Scheme and the site is registered as part of the scheme. All works are being carried out under the Code of Considerate Practice which is designed to encourage best practices beyond statutory requirements.

"In relation to the specific incident mentioned we were not aware of this and Council has not received any complaints, but we note that the contractor has dealt with this issue.

"We will continue to work with our appointed contractor to ensure the behaviours of their employees are responsible and respectable towards members of neighbouring communities in keeping with the Considerate Constructors Scheme.”

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