CRACKED: Mark Burslem says cracks have appeared in his Boatmen’s Row home since roadworks commenced. Picture: Jonathan Carroll.
THE owners of fourheritage-listed homes on the Boatmen’s Row, Nobbys Road, have reportedcracking to the 125-year-old buildingssince roadworks began on the Newcastle 500 Supercars track this month.
The homes are listed as items of local heritage significance on the 2012 Newcastle Local Environmental Plan.
Nobbys Road resident Mark Burslemsaid he first sawthe damage just a couple of days into the works on August 9.
“I don’t know what machinery they were using but the whole floor was shaking,” Mr Burslem said.
“I saw the cracks appear.”
Mr Burslem said while cracks tocornices and across his concrete-slab kitchen floor, in the ground level of the house, appeared to be superficial he was concerned the home may have also suffered structural damage.
“I have no way of knowing, I’m not an engineer,” Mr Burslem said.
“If a little bit of roadwork like that can cause cracking, what is going to happen over three months?
“They were trenching, they are yet to pull up the footpaths and guttering and install storm water drains.
Mr Burslem immediately notified Supercars by email. The Herald has sighted an email trail starting on August 9.
He received an acknowledgement emailfrom Supercars on August 18.
On Wednesday he was notifiedengineers wouldinspect his home on August 31, but in the meantime “work is continuing.”
Another Nobbys Road resident Victoria Grigor claims her homehas also suffered damage.
The Herald was shown cracking aroundwood-panelling onthe ground floor staircase, and around tiles and a window frame.
She said floorboards on upper levels had also become uneven.
All homes on the Boatmen’s Row were subject to a dilapidation report whichdocumented their condition.
Supercars said it had “responded to all inquiries in relation to this matter and any reports of damage will be assessed by building inspectors”.
“Valid claims will then be referred to insurers,” a Supercars spokesperson said.