Dust Update: 27 June 2018
Tom Mills, the senior site manager, for Berkeley Homes paid me a visit on Monday after my email to him. He states that Berkeley Homes were in the process of appointing an air quality management firm and that they hope to complete the appointment within the next 2 weeks. Once appointed, the air quality firm will provide a report and recommendations on reducing the amount of dust in the air.
This is unacceptable to us, as local residents will have to live with the dust whilst waiting for someone to tell us there is dust in the air. This morning, I walked the area with Tracy Moore, our local Park Ward councillor and pointed out the dust and other issues that local residents are having to deal with on the Berkeley Homes site. We had an impromptu meeting with representatives of Berkeley Homes and they have promised to address the dust issue today, rather than waiting for the report. Truck wheels will be washed prior to leaving the site and we will see more frequent road sweeping activities. We have also asked that more is done to dampen down the dust levels in the site.
Tracy has promised to raise the issue with the Chief Executive of the Council this afternoon and will be having a discussion with the Enforcement Team at the council. We are also aware that Environmental Health have had a number of complaints from local residents.
The following measures were part of the planning permission granted and we aim to ensure that Berkeley Homes fulfill their obligation to minimise the production of dust on site:
- Haul roads to be hard surfaced and an effective cleaning regime instigated.
- The use of wheel washers or other means for cleaning vehicles leaving the site to minimise the amount of mud and debris deposited on the roads.
- All vehicles carrying contaminated material off-site will be fully sheeted.
- The use of dust-suppressed equipment will be used on tools.
- Appropriate speed limits will be set and enforced around site.
- Regular water spraying and sweeping of roads to minimise dust and remove mud and debris.
- Completed earthworks will be covered or vegetated as soon as is practicable.
- Exposed soil and material stockpiles will be dampened, if necessary using sprinklers and hoses.
- Stockpiles of soils and materials will be located as far as possible from sensitive areas.
- The surface areas of stockpiles will be minimised to reduce area of surfaces exposed to wind.
- Dusty materials will be stored away from site boundaries and covered where possible to minimise the effect of wind pick up.
- All skips are to be securely covered.
- Compound and waste storage areas to be stored to be hard surfaced.
I hope that the interventions this morning will bring about some relief to local residents regarding dust and we will continue to apply pressure as necessary. If you have any concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.