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Dust coats cars in Bestwood forcing residents to keep windows shut, even in blazing heat

today28 June 2022

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Work is now underway for 129 energy efficient homes in Bestwood, but residents say that the dust being created from the site is a “problem”. The new council housing development will consist of flats, houses and wheelchair-accessible bungalows, and whilst residents say “it’s going to be worth it in the long run” they are struggling with the dust.

In recent weeks the weather has been much hotter, and Bestwood families have been unable to open their windows due to the amount of dust in the air. This dust has been settling on the roads, their gardens and on their cars.

When asked her thoughts on the development, retail worker, Cheryl Gray, 50, said: “Originally we thought it was going to be on the road and then on the field down where the school used to be.”

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“I rang the site manager and he said it is going up to here and so far down, It’s half the field. Where they are building now was a surprise for a lot of people around here.”

When asked if she was experiencing any issues with the dust, Cheryl said: “We’ve just come in and my husband said look at all the dust. Normally in summer we have all our windows open but I have just opened the patio out the back instead and not had the front ones open. It’s all on the cars as well.”

Cheryl added that she also has concerns with the traffic of the new estate. She said: “They have resurfaced the road but you have buses coming up here every ten minutes.”

Pipe fitter, Wayne Butterworth, 58, of Bestwood, has been having a lot of issues with the dust from the site. He said: “You can’t have your windows open since they started a couple of weeks ago.”

Wayne has recently had to move one of his cars due to the dust, and another car he had washed two days ago is already covered again in dust. Wayne also has concerns about a three storey block of flats being built opposite his property.

He said: “I haven’t got a problem with them building but why a three storey block of flats, why not a two storey or do another one.

Officer manager, Laura, 35, of Bestwood, said: “In the beginning I was a bit worried as I like the fields so I was a bit hesitant at first, but obviously people need somewhere to live. Our cars are all dirty but that’s to be expected.

Laura added: “It’s not really going to affect me as much as I still have the green but it all depends on whose going to live in it.” Another resident said: “The only problem is dust, you can’t have any windows open in this weather.”

When asked his thoughts on the development, contract manager, Callum Kitching, 30, of Bestwood, said: “We are both at work all the time so don’t really notice, I don’t know if they are working weekends yet. Hopefully it might put the price of my house up.”

Father of six, Steven Warner, 38, of Bestwood, said that he thinks the new estate will be “good.” He said: “A lot more bigger houses would be nice to give families like us a chance.”

When asked if he experiences issues with the dust, Steven explained that he lives streets away from the field and so other houses take the brunt of it. He said: “We don’t have an issue.”

On her way walking home from work, carer Sylvia Lindo, 60, of Bestwood, was also having issues with the dust. She said: “I can see what they are talking about, the dust is here right now I’m feeling it.”

Sylvia added: “It’s going to be worth it in the long run, it’s just I can see the dust.”

A Nottingham City Homes spokesperson said: “We are aware of concerns from a couple of residents and we are speaking to them directly. We wrote to everyone who lives nearby before works began, and advised them who to contact with any concerns.

“The prolonged dry spell hasn’t helped, and this is an active construction site. We obviously can’t control wind direction, but we are working with our constructor partners to mitigate its effects where possible – for example, last week we moved works to another part of the site, away from Beckhampton Road, to minimise any adverse impact on neighbours.

“We will continue to monitor the situation and take a flexible approach.”

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