Res­i­dents an­gry over ‘tem­po­rary’ waste site

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Streetwatch - By JON BAS­SETT

THE Town of Clare­mont is hunt­ing for a new road rub­ble dump af­ter res­i­dents com­plained about a tem­po­rary Ash­ton Av­enue site that has been used for al­most five years.

“The beep­ing sound made by trucks re­vers­ing and the sound of scrap­ing is of­fen­sive to the ear,” neigh­bour­ing res­i­dent Kate Martin said at the coun­cil’s meet­ing last week.

Ms Martin said she and 17 other res­i­dents who signed a pe­ti­tion call­ing for the re­moval of the rub­ble also feared the health ef­fects of any heavy met­als, dust and pos­si­ble as­bestos in the ma­te­rial.

She said screen­ing was in­ad­e­quate to pre­vent truck noise, which she claimed started from 6.45am some days.

The dump is on a road re­serve along­side the Fre­man­tle train line in a va­cant area known as the Ash­ton Tri­an­gle and has been used since 2011 af­ter the coun­cil’s de­pot was closed.

A staff re­port said the coun­cil was still look­ing at re­place­ment dumps, in­clud­ing talks with the City of Ned­lands and Western Power. Trucks ar­rived at the cur­rent dump only from 9am and a re­port to coun­cil­lors on al­ter­ative lo­ca­tions would soon be pro­vided.

It was agreed by coun­cil­lors that in­ves­ti­ga­tions for a re­place­ment site be con­ducted faster.

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