Kick up fuss over dust

Daily Nation (Barbados) - - Focus -

Res­i­dents of Road View, St Peter are frus­trated with the in­con­ve­nience caused by a new build­ing be­ing con­structed in the area.

Some res­i­dents in the small com­mu­nity just on the out­skirts of Speight­stown, said since con­struc­tion be­gan on the op­po­site side of the road, they have been un­able to open their homes and are forced to con­stantly wipe down their cars and houses.

When a Week­end Na­tion team vis­ited early yes­ter­day morn­ing, work­men were busy but all of the houses were shut. So tight, it was hard to tell if any­one was home.

Pamela Iphill, an el­derly res­i­dent, said the dust was a bother and stopped her from open­ing her home.

“Ev­ery­day, the dust killing we. We can’t open our win­dows or doors be­cause there’s too much dust. It’s un­bear­able now,” she said.

Iphill said she was a bit dis­ap­pointed that no one spoke to the res­i­dents about plans to build be­fore they be­gan.

“All they gave us was a let­ter. That’s not good enough,” she added.

An­other res­i­dent, who re­quested anonymity, said the dust was be­com­ing a great in­con­ve­nience.

“I had to get up and wipe down the side of the house be­cause it’s al­ways re­ally dirty now. It makes no sense do­ing it ev­ery morn­ing, so I do it when I’m off. My wife can’t hang out clothes in the day, she has to do it at night when noth­ing is go­ing on,” he said.

The frus­trated res­i­dent stressed that he had no prob­lem with the con­struc­tion but was fed up with the dust and the lack of com­mu­ni­ca­tion from those in charge of the job.

“A gen­tle­man from the con­struc­tion firm gave me a let­ter telling me they were go­ing to be do­ing some build­ing in the area, but he gave me that well af­ter the build­ing started. I don’t mind the de­vel­op­ment but if it’s go­ing to be af­fect­ing us so, they needed to say some­thing from the very start to see how best we could work around it,” he stressed.

Ef­forts to reach project man­ager Or­son Al­leyne, of Stein­brook Man­age­ment Ser­vices, for com­ment were un­suc­cess­ful.

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