NEIGHBOURS of the Aero apartments construction site on Hunter Street have raised concerns about asbestos handling and sediment control as old two-storey buildings are demolished to make way for a 15-storey apartment tower.
A worker in a neighbouring building, Louise Sullivan, said a hose was the only dust control when asbestos roofing was being removed, and other neighbours have pointed to sand and gravel washing into stormwater drains from the lane behind the site during rain.
Director Jonathan Craig said GWH took its obligations very seriously and the asbestos had been removed in line with WorkCover guidelines by accredited specialists.
He said the Aero was not the only building site facing the lane, but sandbags at the rear of the site would be replaced by an in-ground “silt fence”.
Newcastle City Council said it was investigating two sites in the vicinity but declined to comment further as its inquiries were continuing. The council was happy to meet with developers on site to help with advice about sediment control.