An impromptu visit which TVM paid to the Townsqaure project in Sliema, found that residents were completely right to complain about all the dust. A spokesperson for the developers once again excused himself for the inconvenience and said that he would be investigating why the water sprinklers to cut down on the dust were not working.
A cloud of dust reaching over several storeys was what we found in Triq Tignè, where the excavation for the Townsquare Towers project is taking place in Sliema, in the middle of a residential area.
Although the developers yesterday politely apologized for the inconvenience to residents and said that they are using sprinklers to reduce the dust, it appears that for some reason the sprinklers were not worrying at the time the TVM crew went on the construction site to view the situation first-hand.
In the hour when we were at the scene, the noise and the dust did not let up. We also noted that the water bowser on site was not being used to sprinkle any water on the dust.
A resident who lives nearby complained that the excavation was creating a continuous inconvenience for the residents, a feeling which was also shared in a statement by the Sliema local council.
“The amount of dust being created is enormous, and the water fountains they are supposed to be using to minimise the dust are not enough because of the amount of dust there is. As soon as there is a bit of dust, it is carried everywhere and a lot of people are suffering from asthma and allergies.
The head of the Building Regulations Office, Michael Ferry, told TVM that his office has often received complaints and action has been taken. He said, however, that the Authority does not have enough resources to supervise the construction site every day to ensure that they are following the conditions of their permit when it comes to taking measures to reduce the inconvenience to neighbours.