'We’re at the end of our tether': Complaints over 'eyesore' building site in Dollis Park

Times Series: Jestyn Phillips (far right) with people who live in and around Dollis Park. Jestyn Phillips (far right) with people who live in and around Dollis Park.

A residents’ association is calling for action against a developer who bulldozed a family home, leaving behind an “eyesore”.

Dollis Park and District Residents’ Association are angry that the plot of land in Dollis Park has not been developed since it was bought five years ago.

Owner Khalid Zarir knocked down the two-storey home in 2013, leaving behind rubble and debris from the work. He said he is waiting for a surveyor to assess the party wall to the neighbouring property, but neighbours say it is taking too long.

Jestyn Phillips, chairman of the residents’ association, said: “There are old hoardings, wood and bags of rubbish. It’s immoral that the site can be left in such disrepair. We even had squatters living here at one point.

“People are in desperate need of homes and so to buy a plot of land and vacate it for five years is disgusting.

“It’s making residents really unhappy – we’re at the end of our tether after five years.

Some of the hoardings around the building site have been placed halfway onto the pavement in Dollis Park.

Hilary Luder, who has lived in the area for 22 years, said: “St Mary’s School has a walk to school policy and you often see schoolchildren in the road because the hoardings are in their way.

“The whole thing is utterly miserable. People shouldn’t be allowed to build property and then hang around like it doesn’t matter – there are people who would love to live here.”

Mr Zarir said he is keen to rebuild a home on the site but is currently waiting for a surveyor to inspect the party wall and give the go-ahead for building work.

He said: “I would have liked to start building yesterday, but unfortunately I cannot touch anything until the party wall agreement is published. It’s costing me a lot of money but unfortunately there’s nothing I can do about it.

“I wish the neighbours would be patient.”

But people living in the area said they have been “fobbed off” before, and told works would start in a matter of months – but they never did.

Following numerous complaints to Barnet Borough Council, the local authority has said it will investigate the rubbish left on the site.

A council spokesman said: “Environmental health and planning officers are investigating this matter at the moment and if we think the state of the land causes harm to the appearance of the area then we will serve a notice to make sure the land is cleaned up.” 

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