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I assume you are a private home, is that right?
Yes Alex. Our home is private. Many thanks, Penny
Why dont the Council do anything do you know?
They are more interested in the industry than in us as they obviously get a lot more money from them. We live on a narrow country lane and we have 30 and 40 ton Hgv,s smashing their way through to the woodyard. We have just had to have our small parking area between the house and the road all reinforced as it was collapsing due to the weight of the trucks etc. In 2004 the council made them put up an acoustic barrier which has not been maintained, we have tried to block some of the holes with sandbags.The Environmental Officer who we originally dealt with was very good and really tried to help us as he had been here and heard the noise for himself. The new officer just tells down us to write it down and says that the woodyard can work 24-7 as they are not Industry. We do not believe that this is right as they have 4 or 5 workshops, noisy forklifts,and lots of staff. Certainly not some little backyard setup.
You can do several things
1) Write to the Council and complain
The complaint will be investigated under the complaints procedure by the Chief Officers Department.
Once they respond and if you are unhappy you can take the following step
2) Complain to the Local Government Ombudsman
You can only do this once you get a final response from the Council
The Ombudsman are independent and can examine your complaint for free
Their website is: www.lgo.org.uk
If that does not resolve it you can
3) Seek a Judicial Review of the Councils decision not to do anything
This is where a Judge of the High Court examines the decision and decides whether they have acted legally and reasonablly.
The Judge can either agree with the decision or remit it back for further consideration
For this you would need a Solicitor as there are Court rules to follow and procedures
4) Finally you could seek an injunction for nuisance
This is where the actions of others are effecting you
You would need to complete form N1
You would be asking the Court for damages and/or limiting the work they do
Again you would need a Solicitor to represent you and present your arguments in Court
Can I clarify anything for you about this today please?
The council does not seem at all interested. As I told you all they said was to fill in some forms of when the noise occurs. It is all day from 7am till 5pm daily and as said last weekend we had to leave our house to get some peace and quiet. As I write this I am in a closed room with TV on and I can still hear the forklifts. Also as I told you we are on a narrow country lane and when I came in earlier a large truck has left tyre marks 37cms from our fence and smashed down one of our trees. We are pensioners and do not need this aggravation.
Thank you very much. your help is appreciated.