Rubble site a messy affair

2015-09-08 06:00
Woodstock resident John Blewett says this rubble site is giving residents sleepless nights.


Woodstock resident John Blewett says this rubble site is giving residents sleepless nights. PHOTOs: TIYESE JERANJI

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Residents close to the corner of Greatmore and Regent streets in Woodstock say they haven’t had peace of mind since construction trucks started offloading and picking up tar rubble at a building site on the street.

This site, right next to Shiloh Education and Training Academy, was used by students to play ball games, but now that it has been covered with rubble and construction signs students can’t use it anymore.

The residents say Civils 2000 trucks have been picking up rubble from July last year in the early hours of the morning, making it impossible for them to enjoy their last hours of sleep. The same thing happens in the evening as the trucks come to pick up or drop off rubble.

They say things aren’t better during the day as some of the rubble that is dropped off is grinded before another truck comes to pick it up. The residents have questioned why something like that was allowed in a residential area, but their complaints apparently fall on deaf ears.

They were told it would end in December last year, but that didn’t happen and they say they can’t take it anymore.

What makes it worse is that the tar rubble smells bad. There is too much dirt, they say, and they have also seen an increase in rats as the rubble provides a hiding place for the vermin.

John Blewett, a resident who stays close to the site, says he has had enough.

“The noise is unbelievable and they work throughout the day, with big raving trucks coming in and out of the site. I have been trying to follow up on when all this will end but they keep saying it will all be over in a month. I have lost count how many months have come and gone. Due to the noise we have to wake up very early and that is not good at all,” says Blewett.

Another resident, who refused to be named, agrees that the noise is disturbing.

“You can’t even put a child to sleep, because the noise is just too much. It’s so ridiculous because we are ratepayers and what do we get out of it? Nothing, only dirt. No-one cares to listen to our complaints. At times, because of the hard vibrations caused by the trucks, you can hear the windows shake. We can’t live like this; something must be done urgently,” she says.

Andre Fisser, contract manager for Civils 2000, says they have heard the complaints and are hoping to be done by end of this month. He says the building site has been used for longer than expected “due to some unforeseen circumstances”.

“As we go towards the end of the month, there won’t be a lot of noise as most of it will just be the cleaning up,” he says.

Brett Herron, mayoral committee member for transport, confirms the site is being used by Civils 2000 as part of its work for the City on a number of road-related maintenance projects across the city.

“Civils 2000 has a lease agreement with the owners for using the land. It was originally used for the non-motorised transport project in Salt River and Woodstock that was concluded in July. Since then, Civils 2000 has used the area as a storage facility for logistical reasons,” he says.

Herron says Civils 2000 is using the site currently for work in the central business district, Salt River and the Vandamp;A Waterfront.

“The land is mainly used as a temporary storage facility and stockpile area,” he says.

Siyabulela Mamkeli, mayoral committee member for health, says companies doing work for the City tend to make their own arrangements with the City department that they are providing the service for. “Residents can contact their local environmental health office with their complaints. All complainants will be requested to provide affidavits as required by the provincial noise control regulations,” he says.


Residents can call the environmental health office on 021 514 4125 to lodge complaints

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