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    INCIDENT: RAIN THREAT TO TOWER CRANE BASES

    Three cranes dismantled whilst foundations checked and strengthened

    It has been reported by the Essex Chronicle that three tower cranes at the former Anglia Ruskin university site were dismantled after “heavy rain threatened to dislodge their foundations”.

    Genesis Housing Association and Denne Construction are said  to have scaled back work on the site where 500 homes are to be built

    A spokeswoman for Genesis Housing Association said:

    “It’s well-known that there is water underneath the development site and so this didn’t come as a complete surprise and it wasn’t a major issue. We took down the cranes purely as a precautionary measure and to help us investigate and repair the issue.

    The cranes were within the statutory safety limits at all times and there was no danger to the public or the development.”

    Neil Gulliver, cabinet member for planning and economic development at Chelmsford City Council, said:

    “I’m concerned about the delay because obviously there’s much needed social housing on the site. The longer it takes the longer people have to wait to be rehoused.”

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