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A358 dust cloud in Chard!
12:00pm Wednesday 28th August 2013 in News
A DUST cloud created by road resurfacing work on the A358 last week forced a Chard garage owner to shut up shop early.
Contractors have been carrying out work on the main road into Chard at Hornsbury Hill, but the dry conditions saw the area enveloped in dust.
David Wright, of Roxborough Garage, said the dust became so bad he had no alternative but to close early.
He said: “My eyes were stinging because of the dust, and windscreens of cars were covered in it.
“You couldn’t work in that, so I closed up and I’ve had to take customers’ cars home to wash them.”
County councillor Jill Short-land, who represents Chard, said she had every sympathy for people who lived in the area.
“The hedges were white,” she told the News after just driving through the dust.
“You couldn’t see over an inch in front of your face.
“The dust was horrendous. I just can’t believe what it must be like to live up there.”
A county council spokesman said they had received complaints about the dust along the A358.
“The A358 site has been inspected and concerns regarding dust have been raised with the contractor,” they said.
“Road sweeping of the site will take place over the next couple of days to address the problem.”
County Hall has also confirmed that the much maligned road surface at Crimchard is also set to be rectified as soon as approval is given.
“We’ll be in Crimchard shortly to assess the road condition and make minor repairs before returning to re-surface the whole area at a later date, subject to approval,” said the spokesman.
Members of South Somerset District Council’s Area West were told earlier this year the work at Crimchard would be carried out at no cost to the taxpayer.
A tongue-in-cheek suggestion that contractors may have had their map upside down when resurfacing the A358 rather than Crimchard – the two roads run virtually parallel to each other – was strongly denied by County Hall.
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