Residents' fury over razor-sharp glass being strewn across their street

A housing developer has been criticised amid claims that mud and razor-sharp shards of glass are being left across a busy main road.

Friday, 22nd January 2021, 10:25 am
Updated Friday, 22nd January 2021, 10:27 am
Adele Hayes and Coun Tom Gordon are unhappy with the situation.

Noble Homes are busy building 175 homes on the site of the former Jackson glass factory, off Womersley Road in Knottingley.

But residents say that lorries leaving the site are dragging the mud, and more dangerously, chunks of broken glass onto the road.

Resident Adele Hayes, said: “It’s been a complete nightmare. The wagons are dragging not just mud but glass onto the road too.

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Mud has been dragged across Womersley Road as well as the glass.

“Numerous people have had their vehicles damaged with chipped screens and punctures.

“A couple of people have even had their dogs injured too from all the glass.

”There was a near accident when a car skidded on the mud.

“When it freezes over it’s a death trap.

Shards picked up from near the housing site entrance.

”It shows a complete lack of decency and respect to residents.”

Knottingley councillor, Tom Gordon, says residents have approached him about the situation, who in turn has spoken with Wakefield Council’s principal planning officer.

Coun Gordon said: “This has been an on going issue for a while now. This is the latest of a series of ongoing issues residents have had.

“I had one resident whose fencing was damaged after they ripped up trees, someone told me they skidded on the mud and nearly had an accident, one resident has even had to take their dog to the vet after it got glass in their paw.”

Noble Homes apologised to residents and says they have invested £68,000 in a wheel-washing plant.

A spokesman said: “In early course, we did have issues with mud on the road because our wheel wash was held up on delivery due to unforeseen problems, not least of which the current Covid epidemic delaying the production.

“D Noble Ltd takes the responsibility extremely seriously and that is why we invested a large sum of money to alleviate mud going onto the road but due to the recent adverse weather it has beset some challenges for which we apologise to the local community for the inconvenience.”

Noble Homes was given planning permission to build the homes in July 2019.