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16 August 2010, 12:12
As work to clean up land around an old chemical factory in a Cambridgeshire village continues, notice boards have been put up to keep people living nearby more informed about the process.
The old Bayer Crop Science site in Hauxton is being de-contaminated so new houses can be built nearby.
The clean up started in March this year and is expected to finish next autumn.
Harrow Estates, the developers, has put up the notice boards to supply information to residents who may not have internet access.
Harrow Estates Technical Director, Mark Nicholls, said: "The notice boards were an idea put forward at the recent Consultative Committee.
It is important that we continue to provide information to all residents with an interest in the remediation and redevelopment of the site.
Not everyone has the internet and so these notice boards will allow residents to be kept updated on the progress of the works and relevant information as the project progresses.
The boards have been erected at two points along the boundary of the site near public footpaths and next to the bus shelter in Hauxton village."
Some people living nearby are worried about health risks and smells as a result of the work, which campaign group Haux-Air, being set up by concerned residents,
The Haux-Air website claims that: "The clean up process itself is causing problems for the local residents in 10 or so villages – Hauxton, Harston, Haslingfield, Gt.Shelford, Lt Shelford, Stapleford, Grantchester, Barton, Trumpington, Barrington.
Not only is there the nuisance of almost unbearable noxious smells and dust, but there does seem to be an increase in the number of people with symptoms such as breathing difficulties, sore eyes and throats, burning lips and numb tongues particularly when the wind blows their way."