The construction of two covered plant growing centres in Las Rosas in the Municipality of Aguimes in Gran Canaria this week was described by residents as their worst nightmare for the last six months.
This construction has required the 100 square metre area to be prepared with large specialist vehicles, and for drainage channels to be dug, but this has created huge wind storms of soil and dust across Las Rosas, and residents are reporting serious health problems.
Josefa Garcia, resident of Las Rosas, said “During the day I have to wear a face mask, because soil is falling on my home, and this affecting my bronchitis.”
Other neighbours of Josefa have had to seal their doors and windows, so that this soil and dust do not enter their homes, but due the strong summer winds in Gran Canaria, nothing can stop the soil and dust storms invading local homes and affecting their health.
Nikolas Hunson, another resident of Las Rosas, said “It’s affecting our health, and my home that was the house of my dreams has become the nightmare of my life.”
The company in charge of this construction work reports that there have been delays in carrying out this construction of the plant growing centres, but that it is spraying water on the land when its vehicles are working that should reduce the soil and dust storms due to the very strong winds.
Mayor Oscar Hernandez acknowledges the problems faced by residents of Las Rosas and said “this situation is unbearable, insane and unproductive, and unless the company improves its working practices, the Municipality of Aguimes will take over the construction work.”
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