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42

December 2014

Issue 34

We previously considered

ourselves to be good, we are now

undoubtedly better.

HOW HAVE YOU FOUND THE

MONITOR VISITS ANDWERE THEY

BENEFICIAL?

We originally thought that the

monitor visits would be like a test,

checking on what was being done

wrong and giving marks on how

the company performed.

However it has not proved to

be like that. The Monitors have

not been critical but offered

encouragement and valuable

guidance and advice.

We appreciate the visits and

immediately analyse the reports to

see where we can improve.

The visits and reports now form

a valuable management tool for

further improvement in all areas.

COULDYOU DETAIL A FEW

EXAMPLES OF GOOD PRACTICE

YOU HAVE PUT INTO PLACE ON

YOUR SITES?

We write regularly to all people in

the locality likely to be affected by

our site activities and also liaise

with the local Parish Councils so

that information can be provided in

their newsletters.

Information is also displayed on a

site notice board. We also like to

be involved in local community

activities such as sponsoring

the local youth football team,

supporting local fetes, community

events and local schools.

We are currently involved with an

environmental project at the local

primary school near our Ilmington

site. Pupils will be participating

in the planting of a wildflower

meadow, which forms part of the

landscaping proposals for the site.

This will also involve the creation

of log piles to encourage wildlife

and the installation of bird and bat

boxes.

Early in the development of

our Ilmington scheme, we were

approached by the elderly resident

of a neighbouring bungalow

whose husband was sick and

housebound. She was concerned

that workmen on the scaffolding

could look into the property. We

obviously informed all of the

workforce and instructed them to

carry out all work in a considerate

and respectful way. However

although there were no windows

overlooking the property and

the problem was only during

construction, we nevertheless

arranged for window blinds to be

fitted in their bungalow to protect

their privacy.

One of our major innovations has

been the use of Key Performance

Indicators to set targets for energy

and water usage on site and the

control of waste. The targets

adopted are based on the top

quartile industry average for

similar sized developments. Energy

and water usage are monitored

monthly with the results and

projected targets displayed on site

through graphs and pie charts.

ANY OTHER COMMENTS ABOUT

COMPANY REGISTRATION?

Company Registration applied

in a positive way can be a major

benefit for any company. It is

primarily a public statement of

intent that a company is striving

to promote and achieve best

practice under the Code. The

implementation of Best Practice

benefits not only the customer,

community and workforce but also

the environment, and not least the

company itself.

COMPANY REGISTRATION

If you would like to register

your company with the

Scheme, click

here

.