RESIDENTS living near to a building site in the city are up in arms over noise and dust.

City councillor Richard Udall - who represents the St John’s Ward where the work is taking place in Hopton Street - is backing residents’ concerns over issues relating to a building site, saying that they have been treated “shabbily”. However, he said they should not take matters into their own hands.

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Cllr Udall said: “Residents have been treated shabbily by the company on site - the Harper Group - who are doing the work.

“People from the site are parking in the road outside, which they shouldn’t be doing. There is an issue with dust falling on cars as well as noise and vibration from work being carried out.”

One resident, who did not want to be named, said: “The portacabin overlooks my garden where I have a paddling pool out for my grand child to play in, but from the second floor office on site, my garden can be looked into. I feel like I’ve lost my privacy.”

Another resident complained of not being able to hang washing out as it gets covered in dust but said he had “no issue with the affordable housing being built” but said “it’s not the right location”, as “Cripplegate Park is too far for people to walk and the land where the houses are being built on was a nice area of parkland for people to enjoy”.

It is understood by the Worcester News that staff working on site have been verbally abused, including having eggs thrown at a van and barriers used for health and safety being moved by persons unknown.

Cllr Udall added: “Residents have complained about drilling work being carried out and it affecting their houses - one lady told me it made her windows vibrate and felt like an earthquake going off.

“Nothing can excuse the way the site workers have been treated as they are there just doing the job and should not be abused in any way.

“There has also been a number of unauthorised people attempting to cross or enter the site, which is clearly dangerous for both the individuals and for site staff. The police are involved now. I will be calling a meeting with the company and residents, asking for reassurances that work causing vibrations to nearby properties is investigated as soon as possible, to make sure there is no structural damage to houses.” The Harper Group was unavailable for comment as the Worcester News went to press.