Dust from new road ‘causing health nightmare’ for Hartlepool family

Mark Watson (47) with his daughter Tayna (28) at the site of ground works to create a new road between Old Cemetery Road and West View Road.  Picture by FRANK REID
Mark Watson (47) with his daughter Tayna (28) at the site of ground works to create a new road between Old Cemetery Road and West View Road. Picture by FRANK REID

A GRANDAD says the dust blowing off an under-construction access road is causing his family a health nightmare.

Mark Watson, his wife Angela Watson, and his grandson Logan Watson live in Leas Walk close to Old Cemetery Road where workmen are building an access road which will eventually lead up to a new housing estate, which has been earmaked for the former Steetley site.

But the 47-year-old says the dust being created as a result of engineers building the road is aggravating Logan’s asthma, and also the chest of his wife, who suffers with lung condition emphecema, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and suspected lung cancer.

He told the Mail: “We first noticed all this dust about two weeks ago when Logan’s asthma started getting bad and Angela’s chest was worse.

“I complained to the council a few times, but I’ve been getting nowhere.

“I’ve complained to the workmen as well but it doesn’t seem to be making a difference.”

The former shot-blaster added: “When that site was having work done to it before they did a great job of dampening it all down at first so we didn’t notice he dust.

“But this latest job of building the road has been horrendous.

“The house has been coated in all this dust for a couple of weeks now, and you can just see it all blowing across from the site in the direction of our house.

“Logan’s had to use his puffer a few times, and it’s crippled Angela.

“She’s really poorly and has to go in for an operation to have part of her lung removed soon.

“She can do without this on top of it all.

“It’s just not really fair. They’re building this road which has nothing to do with us, yet we’re suffering.”

A Hartlepool Borough Council spokesman apologised for the situation saying that it was the recent dry weather which had caused the problem of the dust, despite workmen damping down the land as well.

He said: “Unfortunately this week’s fine weather has caused the construction site to dry out quickly and the area has been dustier than usual.

“We have made regular efforts to wash and damp down Old Cemetery Road to minimise dust and a road sweeper has also visited the area.

“We apologise for any inconvenience the dust has caused to local residents and they can be assured that we are doing everything possible to deal with the problem.

“The council will continue to work with the contractor and ensure regular dialogue is at the fore, ensuring a programme of damping down is exercised while the construction is ongoing.”