Safety concerns over ‘mud bath’ left by construction vehicles

Chris Holt (right) and local resident

Chris Holt (right) and local resident

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Residents have raised safety concerns over construction vehicles turning a ‘mud bath’ near their homes.

Developers have been urged to take action over the dirt being left in Pelling Way and Cook Way in the Wickhurst Green development near Horsham and the A264.

Jan Keyes, who lives near Pelling Way, said: “A lot of residents are up in arms.

“Going back to the summer there’s been an issue.

“It was like the Sahara desert and now the weather’s changed it’s a complete mud bath.”

She added residents felt embarrassed by the state of the roads.

Chris Holt, a grandfather, of Brown Close, which is off Cook Way, sent this photo.

Horsham District Council has launched an investigation into residents’ safety at the site. A spokeswoman said it will ensure developers were not breaching planning conditions and monitor ‘correct measures’ were in place by contractors.

A spokesman for Countryside Homes said: “All developers at Wickhurst Green are required to keep the roads clean and to wash down vehicles before leaving their construction areas. We apologise for any inconvenience caused and have reminded all housebuilders operating in this location of their obligation to keep the roads clean at all times. We have requested that they address the current situation immediately.”

A spokeswoman for Bellway Homes said: “We are working with our appointed contractors to identify the best possible method and approach to alleviate this issue.”

A spokesman for David Wilson Homes said: “David Wilson Homes cleans roads used by its staff and contractors every weeks as it looks to ensure the works have minimal impact on local residents. We are not aware of any issues on the roads for which we are responsible and have had no direct complaints.”

A spokesman for Bovis Homes said: “There are a number of different vehicles that use these roads, the majority not connected with the construction of our development, but our build director will visit site this week to assess the situation and ensure that our contractors are working in accordance with the agreed construction plans.”

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