This illegal scrap metal business is a health and traffic hazard
I write this letter to bring to your attention a situation which has developed into a huge environmental, health, security and traffic safety problem.
The situation to which I refer is a scrap metal establishment carried on by squatters. This scrap metal establishment is located on Government /Council’s reserve at the entrance to the residential area of Lamaha Park.
This business entails the stockpiling of scrap metal which towers almost twenty five high. Dealers can be seen dropping off large quantities of discarded articles such as truck bodies, car bodies , washing machines , refrigerators , bed frames, wheel chairs, hospital examination beds and many more items too numerous to mention.
Since this business began residents have complained about disappearance of metal articles from their premises. Large sand trucks often three at a time are used to transport the material away from the site.
The parking of these trucks, many times contribute to a traffic hazard, security risk and a danger to passersby which can be caused by falling debris.
The Ministry of Labour and Human Services also needs to look into this situation because boys of school age are seen engaged in packing these trucks and moving among the material with no protective gear for this type of activity.
At the end of the packing exercise all unwanted material can be seen at the road side where futile and rare attempts are made to burn such material which in some cases ends up in the nearby trench or along the parapet. These huge infernos in most cases are lit at nights and give off toxic fumes.
These fumes result in burning eyes, nose, throat and also cause headaches and respiratory distress. Some of the materials which are left on the road also contribute to damaging tyres.
I am pleading for your prompt intervention, so as to bring relief to the residents from all the hazards mentioned above. This establishment is a major eye sore and an insult to the law abiding/ tax paying residents of the Lamaha Park Community.