Ranui and Cannons Creek getting dusty
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.’’