PARISH councillors are to seek an urgent meeting after receiving complaints that thick dust and noise are escaping from a cement factory.
At a meeting of Waterhouses Parish Council, Cauldon resident Brian Eyre claimed noise, dust and smells coming from the nearby Lafarge Cement plant were “awful”.
Mr Eyre, who said he represented several residents from the village, said: “We can’t sleep at night as it’s like living next door to an airport.
“There is a machine screaming out day and night.
“When I washed my car last weekend it was thick with dust just a short time later.
“A blue cloud of haze with a sulphur smell is being spread over the area and it has made our eyes run.
“This has caused people to have to use eyewash to clean them out.” He added: “In the middle of the night there is a winding noise like an electric motor screaming.
“A lot of people are complaining, but we have been told that the district council can’t do anything.”
District and parish councillor Edwin Wain said he had received a lot of complaints over the issue during the last few months.
He said: “This has got to be stopped.
“I suggest we call an urgent meeting with Staffordshire County Council who have the responsibility for the issue.
“Also an email should be sent straight away to ask them what they are going to do about the situation.”
Councillor Andrew Carr said that residents should ring Lafarge to make sure that their complaint was logged by the cement company.
He said: “All complaints received have to be logged by the company.
“People should keep a note of the time noise and dust clouds are taking place and then submit it directly to the company.”
Councillor Mavis Simpson said the issue was particularly bad the previous Sunday.
She said: “If the kiln is running all the time, why is it only coming out mostly at night? “Even the trees have gone white.”
Parish councillors agreed to contact Staffordshire County Council environmental department to attend a meeting with the parish council.
Allan Ruxton, Cauldon Cement works manager, said: “As a responsible operator we take complaints from residents extremely seriously.
“We undertake regular monitoring around the site to ensure we operate within consented noise and air quality levels.
“As part of our commitment to being a good neighbour we encourage residents to contact us if they have any concerns which will always be investigated.”