Ranui and Can­nons Creek get­ting dusty

Kapi-Mana News - - FRONT PAGE - KRIS DANDO

Ranui is a dusty place just now and it could re­main that way un­til June.

Earth­works for the next phase of the Aotea de­vel­op­ment are un­der way, the most earnest be­ing car­ried out ad­ja­cent to the Tawa/Ranui off ramp from State High­way 1. Heavy ma­chin­ery has been used since Novem­ber from 7am till 6pm, Mon­day to Satur­day.

Ranui res­i­dent Rosie Gal­lagher, who lives in Martin St, said the con­stant coat­ing of dust on her home had be­come an­noy­ing.

‘‘It’s get­ting a bit much,’’ she said. ‘‘The house is coated in a film of dust daily, I’m clean­ing our win­dows all the time and our car is cov­ered in a few hours. I want to make sure the coun­cil are mak­ing th­ese guys [de­vel­op­ers Car­rus] com­ply with their con­sents and wa­ter down the dust.’’

Gal­lagher’s neigh­bour, O’Ryan Gib­son said it was frus­trat­ing af­ter re­cently re­paint­ing his house.

‘‘It’s no co­in­ci­dence my son’s al­ler­gies have flared up over the last three weeks,’’ he said.

Gal­lagher said the sub­ject was raised at a re­cent Ranui Res­i­dents As­so­ci­a­tion meet­ing.

Kevin Alkema, Car­rus’ man­ager of the Aotea de­vel­op­ment, said he was aware of only one or two com­plaints about the earth­works.

A wa­ter cart damp­ened down work ar­eas reg­u­larly, he said.

This sum­mer had been very dry and it was a chal­lenge to keep up as the wa­ter evap­o­rated, he said.

‘‘We have strict con­sent con­di­tions and work closely with the Porirua and re­gional coun­cils. Typ­i­cally the site is au­dited by the re­gional coun­cil once a week.’’

Alkema said the earth­works were due to fin­ish in June.

Adrian Ra­m­age, Porirua City Coun­cil man­ager of re­source con­sents, said Car­rus had to con­trol ‘‘any dust nui­sance’’ un­der its re­source con­sent. There had been two com­plaints about dust to the coun­cil.

‘‘Both com­plaints have been re­solved by Car­rus [and] we have not is­sued any in­fringe­ments or abate­ments.’’

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