Families plagued by construction traffic and mud

This is The West Country: Photos: Christine Gazzard Photos: Christine Gazzard

FAMILIES living on a North Petherton housing estate say mud and noise from construction vehicles is interfering with their quality of life.

People living in Angus Way at the Stockmoor Village estate are sick of large construction vehicles trailing mud everywhere and splattering cars with dirt and dust on their way to the nearby Persimmon Housing building site.

Colin Lane, of Angus Way, said: “I live across the road and we are getting vehicles coming up and down and there is dirt and clay everywhere. It’s ridiculous.

“The cleaning vehicle doesn’t actually come down our area as often as it should.

“The speed of the vehicles is also an issue and children have been crossing the road where we live so there’s a safety issue there.

“The noise is also horrendous.

“It’s all interfering with my quality of life.”

Another resident of Angus Way, Christine Gazzard, said: “There are concrete mixers, dumper trucks and heavy-duty vehicles using our road as an access road to the site.

“People have been blocked in their drives by the vehicles and one neighbour had their wing mirror bumped off by a construction truck.”

She added: “When we moved in our home had a beautiful driveway. Now it just looks a mess.

“We just feel like Persimmon|doesn’t care about people.”

This is not the first time residents have aired complaints. The Mercury reported in October last year how residents of Tundra Walk on the Stock-moor Village estate were having the same problem with Persimmon Housing.

Nicola Reed, sales and marketing director for Persimmon Homes Severn Valley, said: “We take our neighbourly relations very seriously and apologise for the inconvenience caused.

“However, we have to use the access into the area to be able to build the development at present.”

Photos: Christine Gazzard

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12:43pm Wed 7 May 14

Anonymous Me says...

This is why it is better to buy one of the houses secondhand after the development has finished, and you don't have to pay a premium just because it's brand new!
In all the new estates, for sale boards pop up before the whole area is complete, so it's not like they are hard to come by either.
If you buy within a building site what else can you expect but dust, mud & construction traffic?
This is why it is better to buy one of the houses secondhand after the development has finished, and you don't have to pay a premium just because it's brand new! In all the new estates, for sale boards pop up before the whole area is complete, so it's not like they are hard to come by either. If you buy within a building site what else can you expect but dust, mud & construction traffic? Anonymous Me
  • Score: 19

8:12pm Wed 7 May 14

theyardy says...

I wonder how many people would have been inconvenienced when Angus Way was being built?

You can't move all of the required materials to build an housing estate in a transit van (other vans available) it takes many HGV's and a lot of heavy plant to complete the job.

Construction is a dirty noisy operation, but the good news is, using modern building methods it's only a short term problem.
I wonder how many people would have been inconvenienced when Angus Way was being built? You can't move all of the required materials to build an housing estate in a transit van (other vans available) it takes many HGV's and a lot of heavy plant to complete the job. Construction is a dirty noisy operation, but the good news is, using modern building methods it's only a short term problem. theyardy
  • Score: 9

8:42pm Wed 7 May 14

frags27 says...

Couldn't agree more Anonymous Me, what do people expect from a not completed housing development that has for many years been green fields. Do people not bother these days to do any homework and research not just the Street they are going to live in and buy but... the entire bigger picture of a complete urban housing estate. Of course it will be full of lorries and construction traffic trying to get down what little roads have been completed and if these are completed roads for residents then course they will drive and use them rather than a track. If you don't want noise, dust, construction traffic on an entire area that has been built by man don't live there simple. Wake up
Couldn't agree more Anonymous Me, what do people expect from a not completed housing development that has for many years been green fields. Do people not bother these days to do any homework and research not just the Street they are going to live in and buy but... the entire bigger picture of a complete urban housing estate. Of course it will be full of lorries and construction traffic trying to get down what little roads have been completed and if these are completed roads for residents then course they will drive and use them rather than a track. If you don't want noise, dust, construction traffic on an entire area that has been built by man don't live there simple. Wake up frags27
  • Score: 10

1:06am Tue 13 May 14

teslafanatic says...

I agree with frags, If your going to buy a nice shiny new home, do your research first, If the estate is still in the building phase and there are construction traffic all over the place, then use your noodle and don't move there, and you'll save a few quid as well.
I agree with frags, If your going to buy a nice shiny new home, do your research first, If the estate is still in the building phase and there are construction traffic all over the place, then use your noodle and don't move there, and you'll save a few quid as well. teslafanatic
  • Score: 1

11:46am Wed 14 May 14

bosargro says...

Well what do you expect from them have you seen the problems in Burnham-on-sea
Well what do you expect from them have you seen the problems in Burnham-on-sea bosargro
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