‘Dust nuisance’ for Polegate residents

Residents meet Cllr Stephen Shing about dust on their cars, and inset right dust on a vehicle.
Residents meet Cllr Stephen Shing about dust on their cars, and inset right dust on a vehicle.

A Polegate councillor claims residents are fed-up with dust coming off a new housing development, which is being built in the town.

County Cllr Stephen Shing said residents in Shepham Lane presented a petition to Wealden District Council and Taylor Wimpey calling for something to be done about dust from works on the site.

Cllr Shing said it was not acceptable that residents were having to scrape dust off their cars and not open their windows while the work took place.

He said: “For some time a large number of residents have contacted us about the dust causing problems to them.

“The simple fact that they can not open the windows whilst the building works are taking place and the sand and dust is deposited all over their properties most days.

“As it is sand and abrasive, extra care is needed to clean property affected by it.

“The dust and sand particles can not be cleaned easy and could damage the paintwork.

“As requested from their petition to Taylor Wimpey, they should be responsible for cleaning and I fully support their request.”

A spokesman for Taylor Wimpey said: “Planning officials from Wealdon District Council and Environmental Health officers have visited the development and are satisfied Taylor Wimpey is doing everything it can to keep dust to a minimum.

“Indeed, the site passed an inspection carried out by an Environmental Health Officer on behalf of Rother and Wealdon district councils as recently as Thursday 1st August.

“Measures we undertake include dampening down roads every hour on warm or windy days, plus a road sweeper cleans roads for an hour at the end of each day.”

Kelvin Williams, head of Planning and Environmental Services at Wealden District Council said: “Cllrs Oi Lin and Stephen Shing have made officers aware of residents’ concerns and we have been diligently checking on the developers to ensure that they have kept within the approved management plan, and this has been the case.

“It is regrettable that the dust has been an alleged nuisance.

“We have recently been enjoying a period of exceptional hot, dry weather - something which this council is powerless to control.”