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Send in the sprinkler trucks!

Friday, October 19, 2018

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Dear Editor,

McArthur Avenue, which is located off Hagley Park Road, has seemingly been forgotten. The residents of the avenue are suffering from the nuisance due to drainage improvement work, as well as the road expansion of Hagley Park Road.

It has become quite common to see residents and visitors wearing dust masks during the course of the day to minimise the impact of the dust on their health. The increased build-up of dirt and dust is potentially a public health issue, especially so for those residents who have respiratory illnesses, such as asthma and sinusitis. As soon as one cleans off the dust from one's flooring and/or furniture the areas are covered again.

Is it too much to ask the National Works Agency to arrange for a water sprinkler truck to dampen the road during the course of the day?

As a result of the ongoing work by the National Works Agency there has been an increase in traffic along the road and undoubtedly this has contributed to an increase in the volume of dust and dirt. Consequently, residents of both Cluines and McArthur avenues have been inconvenienced by the dust bowl which has emerged.

While we recognise and appreciate the need for this critical roadwork, particularly as this will improve the drainage system and expand the road network for the wider Kingston Metropolitan Area, there must be an attempt to strike a balance as it relates to the health of the residents.

Some weeks ago we saw a water sprinkler truck a few mornings; however, this was short-lived. I implore the National Works Agency to redouble their efforts in finding a sustained solution to this problem.

Wayne Campbell



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