Grantham residents angry over vibrations like “earthquake” near building site

Lorries leave a trail of mud on Rushcliffe Road.
Lorries leave a trail of mud on Rushcliffe Road.
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Residents vented their fury at a meeting with the construction company which is carrying out work on the site of Priory Ruskin Academy.

People living on Rushcliffe Road and other streets next to the school site say their lives have been blighted over the last few years with vibration shaking their houses, mud covering their roads and generators causing too much noise.

At a meeting with representatives of Shepherd Construction at the school on Wednesday night, residents were unhappy with the company’s response to their grievances.

Neil Matthias, of Shepherd Construction, told the residents they should contact their insurance companies who would in turn contact the company’s insurers if any damage to their property was found as a result of ongoing work.

Mr Matthias said: “We apologise for any inconvenience it has caused to the neighbourhood.”

Residents complained of rivers of mud on their roads and “sandstorms” during 
the summer because of 
the dust generated by the work.

Joyce Hukin, who lives with husband Alf next to the entrance to the school on Rushcliffe Road, described the vibrations as like an “earthquake”. She said: “The whole house shook, the windows everything. It has been very bad.”

Residents said large blocks of concrete were lifted up and dropped to break them into pieces causing the vibration.

Rushcliffe Road resident Jackie Sanders said Shepherd Construction had not been considerate at all. She said: “You cannot offer us 
anything.”

District councillor Ray Wootten said it had been nothing but “grief from day one” for the people in the area.

District councillor Jacky Smith said: “There has been a complete lack of communication and we do not think they are following the planning conditions. Everybody is passing the buck.”

The meeting was told that soil would not be taken away from the site until the February half-term when it would all be removed. The final part of the £13 million project, to seed the playing field, would then be carried out.

Plans to build a swimming pool on site have been approved but no construction company has yet been given the contract.