North Lynn residents raise concerns over health fears

North Lynn resident Brian Chamberlain of Front Way North Lynn. Has concerns over Dust thrown up from development site opposite his house. ANL-160706-104226009
North Lynn resident Brian Chamberlain of Front Way North Lynn. Has concerns over Dust thrown up from development site opposite his house. ANL-160706-104226009

North Lynn residents have raised concerns that dust clouds and diesel fumes coming from the work on Lynn’s controversial new link road could be harmful to their health.

Sherrie Skey, 52, of Chadwick Square, has found herself suffering headaches, vomiting and nausea as a result of being exposed.

She said: “I’ve lived here for 17 years and I love where I live but I can’t take it anymore. There’s nine large pieces of plant machinery on the site and with them all going all day long it creates a lot of fumes, I’ve noticed it more in the warm weather.

“This has been going on for months and there’s so much dust coming in that I can write my name in it after only a few hours with the door open.”

Brian Chamberlain, 73, of Front Way, was happy for work on the new link road to go ahead, joining Lynnsport to Edward Benefer Way, until it started to concern him how much dust was being created each day.

He said: “I’ve got no problem with them moving in and building but clouds of dust are being created and people can’t even open their windows.

“It’s only a fine dust but it’s not healthy. I washed my car at the weekend and within a day it was already dirty.”

Mr Chamberlain initially made contact with Environmental Health five weeks ago but has received little response.

He said: “We’re getting no help from Environmental Health, they took two weeks to respond but just said they’d look into it and I’ve heard nothing since.

“If this was North Wootton they’d have done something by now but this is a council estate.

“All the neighbours are talking about it and something needs to be done.”

West Norfolk Council said that workers had begun using water dowsers on site to reduce the amount of dust blowing from the site but were unaware it was still a problem for residents.

A spokesman said: “Neither Environmental Services or site managers have had any further complaints since the one logged five weeks ago. “If there is an issue, residents need to call and lodge a formal complaint so that Environmental Services are able to deal with the problem.”

This major project in the North Lynn, Lynnsport and Marsh Lane area will see 399 new homes being provided across five separate sites, some for sale while others will provide affordable housing.

The link road will improve access to each of these sites by joining Lynnsport with one of Lynn’s major bypasses, Edward Benefer Way.