It is with deep regret we read Assael Architecture's accusation of threats by one of our residents to Gary Stanesby (aj 13.4.00), an architectural assistant working on the Castle House project (the young lamb was sent unaccompanied on to our estate because John Assael obviously wouldn't stoop so low as to come along himself).
Of the three meetings, Mr Assael attended the first, left the second after 10 minutes (having said 'I really didn't expect so many of you to turn up'), and deemed it unnecessary to attend the third (leaving an unqualified junior to cover for him).
The alleged threatening behaviour took place the day after the second meeting in mid-March and was not reported either to the concierge or our local constabulary. This means that we will not be able to trace the assailant from cctv footage that would have been accessible had the incident been reported immediately. In recent telephone conversations with members of the Draper Residents Action Team (drat) Mr Stanesby made no mention of any threat.
Word has spread around the estate of the 'unprovoked threat'. The residents were initially shocked and saddened - Brenda Vialls, secretary for the Tenants' Association, said in astonishment: 'That's got to be a complete and utter load of rubbish - and how dare he use the word 'ugly' when we've made so many positive suggestions for the improvement of their scheme.'
We are deeply sorry if we appear to the developers to be such an intimidating crowd (especially considering most of us don't tend to loiter or talk to strangers, particularly if they're armed with measuring equipment - and there's the high proportion of original tenants who are nearly all over 70).
drat finds the allegations deeply distressing and would request that either John Assael or Gary Stanesby please speak to us in person to substantiate their claims. Alternatively please withdraw the allegations. drat is certainly more than prepared to work with both Assael Architecture and the police to identify and convict the culprit. In the meantime we enclose a photograph of the residents at the last meeting (above). Perhaps Mr Stanesby has recovered sufficiently to take a look and see if he recognises his 'assailant'.
Graham Neal, drat