Residents angry over ‘temporary’ waste site
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.