Jones Homes are lovingly “restoring the former council site to its original residential status”.
As of August 2015, I was told by a trusted person on site that demolition work around the rear of the hall had ground to a halt because the former Cheshire West and Chester Council office buildings (where I used to work) were now occupied by protected bats.
The developers had also been forced to install a ‘newt fence’ around the perimeter of the site to stop the great crested little varmints – whose ancestors have occupied the pond for some centuries – from escaping. There’s always a risk that they’ll get fed up at the unwanted incursion, take their chances on the open road and get flattened in the process.
But such selfless dedication to going the extra mile in protecting the inhabitants of the Backford Hall site is a completely new thing on me.
Frankly, towards the end of my career, the senior officers I was dealing with wouldn’t have turned a hair if a visiting JCB had squashed me or any of my whisteblowing colleagues – people who’d been causing trouble by exposing theirs and the wider public’s extremely shabby treatment and the ensuing cover ups.
So I’m now absolutely delighted to report that where troublesome types are concerned, conditions on site seem to have changed for the better. And that’s progress ……….!