‘It’s noisy, dirty and there are too many trucks,’ say residents as Bedhampton homes go up

Residents of Brooklands Road in Bedhampton. (l-r), Bryan Cox, Elizabeth Molliere, David Sinclair, Paul Bunnage, Yvonne White, Fred Cummings, and Pascal Molliere. 'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (141662-3)

Residents of Brooklands Road in Bedhampton. (l-r), Bryan Cox, Elizabeth Molliere, David Sinclair, Paul Bunnage, Yvonne White, Fred Cummings, and Pascal Molliere. 'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (141662-3)

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NOISE, mud and dust from a construction site are driving residents to distraction, claim neighbours in a once-quiet street.

After a long battle Crayfern Homes was given permission to build 92 homes on land off Scratchface Lane, Bedhampton, with access coming from Brooklands Road following the demolition of two bungalows.

Now people living nearby – who fought the development – say they are at the end of their tether because of the constant rumble of lorries up and down the road, the noise from the site, mud in the street, and dust on their washing.

Crayfern has brought in extra street-cleaning vehicles to try and clean up the mess but neighbours say these are noisy too.

Paul Bunnage, of Penhurst Road, says he is frustrated that lorries are using his road – a small side street – when there is a condition in the planning permission prohibiting this. Havant Borough Council says it is investigating.

Police confirmed they have received a report from Mr Bunnage, 58, that a lorry driver refused to stop when he stood in the middle of the road requesting him to do so.

He said: ‘It is noisy and dirty and a number of large trucks have been going up and down our road which should not be there.’

Elizabeth Molliere, 71, has been staying with relatives in France because she could not take the noise from the site, which is behind her house.

She said: ‘It’s a nightmare. They send things to clean the road but in fact they just push mud around.

‘We could not live with the noise so my husband and I escaped to France to stay with relatives.

‘We can’t sit in our garden and enjoy the sunshine because of the noise, and this is going to go on for up to 18 months. It’s awful.’

Her gas and electricity has also been cut off without warning.

Jim Graham, the chairman of North Hill Residents’ Association, has been campaigning for Crayfern and the construction team to be more considerate.

David Mussell, the director of Crayfern Homes, said he did not want to comment on the allegations.

Residents say he has ignored their requests for compensation.

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