Southern Downs Regional Council is being pleaded with to provide sealed roads in Hendon.
Southern Downs Regional Council is being pleaded with to provide sealed roads in Hendon. KERRI MOORE

Downs residents up in arms over dusty streets

HENDON residents are being inundated by clouds of dust, blowing in from their dry unsealed roads and they've had enough.

A letter was recently sent to the Southern Downs Regional Council on behalf of concerned residents who say the dust problem is adversely affecting their health.

The letter, dated January 2, 2018, claims more than 90 homes in the area are subjected to chronic road dust.

Hendon resident Anne Rigbye said residents were sick of it.

"I've spoken to a lot of neighbours and most have some sort of respiratory problem from asthma to nasty chest coughs,” she said.

"In 2013, we completed a survey out here and they promised us they would seal the roads within 18 months, but that's just been ignored.

"Yet we see other work being undertaken on unsealed roads between here and Warwick with nowhere near as many houses on them.”

A Southern Downs Regional Council spokeswoman confirmed the council had received correspondence regarding a request to seal roads in Hendon.

"Council is aware of concerns regarding dust from the gravel roads impacting on residences in Hendon and many other areas,” she said.

"Dusty conditions have been exacerbated by the recent hot dry conditions.”

The spokeswoman said the council had no obligation to seal gravel roads.

"However a project to extend bitumen seals on some Hendon roads has been proposed in council's indicative four year capital plan, but this plan is subject annually to council's budget review process,” she said.



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