Sanna, were you able to drive in tonight? I was there at 4pm and was asked very politely by the last construction staff person if I could leave as he was about to lock up. When I told him that the gates are meant to be removed or at least left open, he said no such thing. I asked him (very politely) to check and he got on the phone, and after a few minutes told me that yes, they have to be locked up due to the requirements of the current Council permit for the construction. He said the gates will not be removed for some time yet, definitely not by Thursday. So i politely thanked him and left, his car was bigger than mine
Belindabinz - the gates may be a nice legal loophole for you to get out of paying the $620 late settlement penalty (this as well as your unfinished walls). Our contracts say we are entitled to "Vacant Possession" on settlement, and unless the gates are removed or each of us gets the gate keys we don't really have vacant possession (disclaimer, I'm not a practising lawyer so I can not charge you for my advice) - check with your conveyancer.
Withlove, sorry to tell you but our stone retaining walls at the front boundary are all gone. In a way we prefer no walls as we don't really need them there (virtually flat), less things to trip over. If we ever have an urge to admire some rocks, we have a 2m wall on our left, that's plenty enough.
Thank you everyone who responded to our earlier posts, much appreciated.
We will most likely settle on Thursday, unless our conveyancer advises otherwise (due to gates).
Goodnight to everyone, especially to those counting sleeps:)
Just letting everyone know that i did inform my conveyancer that this morning, I just heard back from them and they have delayed settlement set for 22nd April due to the rock retaining wall not being finished... with no penalties, so it all worked out for me as my site start isnt until 28th