Worry over loose iron

Tuesday, 11th April, 2017

Rowe Street resident Chris Howse stands next to the sheets of iron that have been left unsecured on his neighbour’s footpath by a building company. Rowe Street resident Chris Howse stands next to the sheets of iron that have been left unsecured on his neighbour’s footpath by a building company.

By Daniel Stringer

The residents of Rowe Street have raised concerns about safety after a building company dumped building materials on the footpath. 

For the last 10 days Rowe Street resident Chris Howse has been in contact with the foreman of a building company replacing his neighbour’s roof regarding their practices.

Mr Howse said that almost two weeks ago materials were dropped off at the house, which created safety hazards.

He says that sheets of iron were left unsecured on the footpath, with half the sheets hanging over in the gutter.

Mr Howse said one of the residents on the street is blind and uses a walking stick to get around.

They have also stacked loose building materials against the fence of the property, for it to be picked up by the garbage collectors.

Complaints were made to City Council and the building company, but Mr Howse says he has been left less than satisfied with the response from the foreman of the project.

“It is a major hazard, especially when there is someone on the street trying to use a cane,” Mr Howse said. 

“I have asked nicely and told them what my concerns are and as far as I am concerned they have done a half-arsed job at securing the materials,” he said.

“I mean all it would take is a bit of wind to come up and the loose sheets of iron could go anywhere, I don’t think what I have asked is unreasonable.”

The last word Mr Howse received from the foreman of the project was that the sheets of iron and the other rubbish would be moved first thing this morning.