Neighbours in Bennetts End primary school demolition dust woe

People living in Marston Close, Hemel Hempstead, are upset about rubble and dust caused by work at St Albert the Great School in Bennetts End.
People living in Marston Close, Hemel Hempstead, are upset about rubble and dust caused by work at St Albert the Great School in Bennetts End.

Neighbours living next door to a school development say they can’t enjoy their gardens during the heatwave because of dust caused by demolition work.

But workers behind the scheme at St Albert The Great Catholic Primary School in Bennetts End say the project must go on.

A new school has been built on the Acorn Road site and now the old building is being knocked down.

It means that those living in Marston Close are being forced to keep their windows and doors shut during the hot spell and they also have safety fears about rubble piled close to the school border.

Margaret Day said: “This very high, very dirty, enormous pile of rubble is just inches from our fences.”

Peter Henman from T & E Neville Ltd said the rubble is being dampened down to reduce the dust and that the firm is working within building regulations.

“I feel sympathy for them because any work that goes on causes dust. In this weather it is obviously more difficult than if it is raining.” he said. “It isn’t ideal for what we are doing but the work has to go on,”