DEVELOPERS at the Vale council’s Brecon Court site in Barry have been recognised by the considerate constructors scheme for the excellent standards they maintain.

The scheme is an independent method of assessment that those operating within the field can join voluntarily.

It measures performance in a range of areas, setting targets above statutory requirements with the aim of improving the image of the construction industry.

Those that sign up are assessed on how they care for site appearance, respect the community, protect the environment, secure everyone’s safety and value the workforce.

Fifty points are awarded across those five sections, with a score of 25 needed to comply.

Jehu Group, the company responsible for delivering Brecon Court, sets a minimum target of 36 points for its sites, while in this case it gained 40.

Site manager, Chris Wood said: “I think it’s about pride in the job.

"When people come onto the site, no-one wants to feel like this is a bit of a dive.

“If we get any members of the public coming in to ask us questions, we don’t want them thinking ‘what am I walking into here?’

"We want the site to look professional and to make everyone feel welcome.

“It’s not ideal having a construction site by your house, but we want to keep everyone as happy as we possibly can and the CCS is a good way of demonstrating that commitment.”

Brecon Court is part of an ambitious programme of work to boost the council’s social housing provision.

The 28-property project will provide accommodation for older persons as well as family homes.

To cause as little disruption as possible to those living nearby, Jehu Group has held open days with the community to address such matters as parking or noise concerns.

In a further effort to fulfil the community element of being a considerate constructor, they have employed Ryan Webber who lives locally.

After beginning on a part-time basis, Mr Webber now has a permanent contract with the company and is exploring the possibility of specialising in a particular trade.

He came through the Opportunity Knocks programme, a partnership employability scheme run by Vale Homes, Newydd Housing and Inspire 2 Work.

“I was originally in university, it didn’t go to plan and I left,” he said.

“I was trying to find work and was told by Vale of Glamorgan Council that there was this job available.

"I came down to site and did two weeks work experience and then a six-week probation.

“I’ve learned a lot of things and compared to when I started, now I can do a lot more.

“Hopefully this is a career for me.

"At the minute I’m a labourer, but I want to get a trade.

"I have to have a think about what to do.

"There are lots of opportunities here.”

Vale council cabinet member for environment and housing, Cllr Margaret Wilkinson said: “As an Authority, we are looking to significantly increase our affordable housing stock, with more than 500 new council homes set to be built in the next five years.

“It is important such large-scale construction is done in as responsible a way as possible, causing minimal disturbance to those living close by.

"This accolade proves Jehu take their obligation to the local community seriously and I’d like to pass on my appreciation for that.”