Wisbech Road, March, fury as builders create dust storm

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Published:
12:24 18 July 2022



Updated:
12:26 18 July 2022

A construction site causes nightmares for those who live nearby with thick dust covering their cars and forcing them to stay inside.

Amid a heat wave, residents are demanding better dust control and have called council officials to verify their concerns.

“We have a dust pollution problem in the back of our house and in all the houses,” Paul Hills said.

His home adjoins a site in Wisbech Road, March, where work has begun on 118 homes.

Partner Construction Ltd builds the houses for United Living.

“We’re not trying to stop construction from moving forward, but the big problem was last Monday through Friday and continues today,” he said.


Dust from construction work due to continued dry weather causes community misery, dusty cars, conservatories and solar panels., The Green, March Monday July 18, 2022. Photo by Terry Harris.
– Credit: Terry Harris


Dust from construction work due to continuous drought causes misery for the community, dusty cars, conser

Dust from construction work due to continued dry weather causes community misery, dusty cars, conservatories and solar panels., The Green, March Monday July 18, 2022. Photo by Terry Harris.
– Credit: Terry Harris


Dust from construction work due to continuous drought causes misery for the community, dusty cars, conser

Dust from construction work due to continued dry weather causes community misery, dusty cars, conservatories and solar panels., The Green, March Monday July 18, 2022. Photo by Terry Harris.
– Credit: Terry Harris


Dust from construction work due to continued drought causes misery for the community, dusty cars, conser

Dust from construction work due to continued dry weather causes community misery, dusty cars, conservatories and solar panels., The Green, March Monday July 18, 2022. Photo by Terry Harris.
– Credit: Terry Harris

“Dump trucks and excavators are constantly going up and down and causing plumes of dust that have covered all of our properties and cars and we have to breathe it all in.

“Families are babysitting because of dust pollution and it causes a lot of misery.”

He said: ‘We’ve written countless emails (not just us) and even been on site, but all we get is a water barrel just to dampen the dust.

“Well, if he happened, he’s either in the wrong place or not even here.”

He said: ‘We are on the edge of not knowing what to do as Environmental Health has suggested that we complete a 14 day dust nuisance logbook which is of no help.

“We have also just emailed local MP Steve Barclay.”


Dust from construction work due to continuous drought causes misery for the community, dusty cars, conser

Dust from construction work due to continued dry weather causes community misery, dusty cars, conservatories and solar panels., The Green, March Monday July 18, 2022. Photo by Terry Harris.
– Credit: Terry Harris


Dust from construction work due to continuous drought causes misery for the community, dusty cars, conser

Dust from construction work due to continued dry weather causes community misery, dusty cars, conservatories and solar panels., The Green, March Monday July 18, 2022. Photo by Terry Harris.
– Credit: Terry Harris


Dust from construction work due to continuous drought causes misery for the community, dusty cars, conser

Dust from construction work due to continued dry weather causes community misery, dusty cars, conservatories and solar panels., The Green, March Monday July 18, 2022. Photo by Terry Harris.
– Credit: Terry Harris


Dust from construction work due to continuous drought causes misery for the community, dusty cars, conser

Dust from construction work due to continued dry weather causes community misery, dusty cars, conservatories and solar panels., The Green, March Monday July 18, 2022. Photo by Terry Harris.
– Credit: Terry Harris

He added: “These stupid dumper drivers are speeding up and down two meters from our fence. Absolutely disgusting amount of dust.

“There’s a little water barrel that sprinkles what looks like a watering can. Pathetic.”


Dust from construction work due to continuous drought causes misery for the community, dusty cars, conser

Dust from construction work due to continued dry weather causes community misery, dusty cars, conservatories and solar panels., The Green, March Monday July 18, 2022. Photo by Terry Harris.
– Credit: Terry Harris


Dust from construction work due to continuous drought causes misery for the community, dusty cars, conser

Dust from construction work due to continued dry weather causes community misery, dusty cars, conservatories and solar panels., The Green, March Monday July 18, 2022. Photo by Terry Harris.
– Credit: Terry Harris


Photos Paul Hills (63) and his wife Mary Hills (62) suffered two months of dust with tw

Photos Paul Hills (63) and his wife Mary Hills (62) suffered from dust for two months with two years of work to complete. Dust from construction work due to continued dry weather causes community misery, dusty cars, conservatories and solar panels., The Green, March Monday July 18, 2022. Photo by Terry Harris.
– Credit: Terry Harris


Dust from construction work due to continuous drought causes misery for the community, dusty cars, conser

Dust from construction work due to continued dry weather causes community misery, dusty cars, conservatories and solar panels., The Green, March Monday July 18, 2022. Photo by Terry Harris.
– Credit: Terry Harris

Fenland Council and contractors were asked to respond.

The Wisbech Road program includes 76 affordable housing units and 42 condominium units, including 2- to 4-bedroom homes by United Living New Homes subsidiary, Partner Construction.


Dust from construction work due to continuous drought causes misery for the community, dusty cars, conser

Dust from construction work due to continued dry weather causes community misery, dusty cars, conservatories and solar panels., The Green, March Monday July 18, 2022. Photo by Terry Harris.
– Credit: Terry Harris


Dust from construction work due to continuous drought causes misery for the community, dusty cars, conser

Dust from construction work due to continued dry weather causes community misery, dusty cars, conservatories and solar panels., The Green, March Monday July 18, 2022. Photo by Terry Harris.
– Credit: Terry Harris

The development is part of plans by the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority and Fenland District Council to regenerate March.

A Fenland Council spokesman said: ‘Yes, I can confirm that an environmental health officer is visiting the site today to assess compliance.’

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