Pile driving noise and dust at new housing sites making life a misery for residents of Whittlesey with traffic and pollution also a concern
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Residents claim noise and dust from 178 homes being built on two sites in Whittlesey is making their lives a misery.
Mick Wollaston, chairman of Snowley Park Residents Action Group, penned a six page letter on behalf of residents about work by David Wilson Homes South Midlands to build 144 homes at Snowley Park, now renamed Buttercross Park.
On Wednesday an environmental health officer visited his home to see the dust and also an earth mound which abuts his fence.
His letter also complains about contractors bumping onto kerbs and parking on paths.
“I’m worried the dust, which was all over my granddaughter’s play equipment in the garden might be contaminated,” he said..
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Pile driving on a development of 34 homes by Lodge Park Ltd on land at 148 Stonald Road has also sparked complaints with one resident saying the noise has made life a misery since it began nearly two weeks ago.
The woman said people living off Bowker Way have been forced to keep windows and doors closed in a bid to lessen the noise.
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A spokesman for Fenland Council said: “We sympathise with local residents over the problems they have been experiencing, particularly those linked to piling. However, planning legislation doesn’t allow councils to have control over the way homes are built, including the use of piling. “We have monitored the Stonald Road site and investigated the piling operation and have found no breaches of planning conditions.”
Councillor Dee Laws says she has received up to six complaints a day from residents about noise, dust and traffic problems created by work on the Snowley development. She believes pile driving will also be needed on the site.
“There are just 34 homes being built at Stonald Road and it has caused a major problem for residents. Snowley Park has up to 144 homes, so imagine what that means if pile driving becomes necessary,” she said.
Directors at Lodge Park Ltd apologised saying “we strive to build with minimum disruption to the local community and honour our planning commitments. We are sincerely sorry for the unavoidable disturbance to local residents as a result of necessary piling works.”
John Dillon, managing director of David Wilson Homes, said: “We are committed to working with local residents, and if anyone has concerns they should contact our head office directly, on 01604 784000.”