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Residents demand answers from firm over damage to cars and houses on Hartlepool’s Headland

Amanda Grigor who says says damage to her car and window is being caused by the welding at the nearby Heerema site.

Amanda Grigor who says says damage to her car and window is being caused by the welding at the nearby Heerema site.

ANGRY residents are in dispute with bosses at a fabrication yard over damage to cars and houses which the homeowners claim is being caused by the firm’s work.

Amanda Grigor, who lives in Corporation Road, on the Headland, discovered what appear to be rust spots melted into the paintwork of her car and on the window frames and doors of her home.

The 27-year-old mentioned the matter to her neighbours, who found the same damage on their homes and cars.

The residents claim the stains, which won’t wipe clean, are the result of sparks blowing off the Heerema site just yards from their homes.

Amanda, a nursery nurse and mum of Macauley Myers, six, said: “It was my window cleaner who alerted me to it – he showed me the damage on my windows and door and it just wouldn’t come off, it’s melted into the plastic.

“Then we found the same thing all over my car.

“I spoke to my neighbours and they’ve found exactly the same.

“It’s everyone who lives along the front.

“I’ve lived here six years and never had any problems but as soon as they have started work on this platform all of our property ends up covered.

“Where else could it be coming from?

“If I went to their property and caused permanent damage like that, I would get done for criminal damage.

“We’re all so annoyed about it.”

Andrew Fletcher, 35, a salesman who lives a couple of doors down from Amanda on Corporation Road, added: “We all think it’s the sparks coming off the site and it’s going to end up costing us money. We can’t sell our cars now, nobody is going to buy a car or van with that damage melted into paintwork.

“It’s the same on the doors and windows of our house and it won’t come off.”

After the matter was reported to Heerema, a representative of the firm visited and took photographs of the cars and houses in question.

A spokesman for Heerema said: “Due to the ongoing complaints process taking place, the company does not feel it would be appropriate to speak on these matters at this particular time.”

 

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