Good Vibrations for People Power….

A joint protest by councillors and residents has won a building site battle with a major developer. Powerful vibrations from piling work conducted by McCarthy and Stone on their Cambridge Road site shook houses in the Hesketh Park area and anxious residents voiced their deep concern to Cambridge Ward councillors Pat Keith and Sue McGuire, who urgently raised the matter with the company.

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“A mixture of concrete and stainless steel piles were being driven in at 10 millimetres per second vibration during December and were scheduled to continue into January, “ explained Councillor Keith.

“The level of noise was very disruptive and several residents reported to me that household fixtures and fittings were shaking and rattling. Others feared damage to their property.”

Reacting to the strong feelings of the residents the two councillors called a community meeting to discuss what action should be taken and Councillor Keith added:

“Thanks to the advice of a civil engineer living in the area an alternative piling strategy known as rotary board PVA was proposed. The councillors presented this to McCarthy and Stone who agreed to switch to this less intrusive form of piling.”

McCarthy and Stone’s Pre-contracts Manager Karl Douglas said: ”Although we observed permitted regulations we took on board the concerns of the residents and decided to change the operation.”

Councillor McGuire said: “I would like to thank McCarthy and Stone for listening to the residents and taking their issues seriously.”

Councillor Keith added: “This is a good result for the people in the area and is a great example of community politics in action. “


Rookery Road Residents in the spotlight

Following the meeting earlier this year between residents of Rookery Road and the management of the Trinity Sports Club (Rookery Sports Club), the sports club has now installed a temporary floodlight in the section of the ground which was formerly used as a stable.  This move has allowed the club to provide a training ground for their junior football teams. However this change in use has caused some upset to near neighbours who now find themselves in the “spotlight”.

It seems that temporary or portable floodlights can be installed without the need for planning consent.  The only requirement is that the floodlights retain the ability to be moved although they do not need to be moved daily.

This means that the residents in the area have no ability to object to the new lighting however noise and light pollution are both covered by the Environmental Protection Act 1990 so both can be considered as statutory nuisance.  The Council therefore has a responsibility to take action to resolve the issue.  But before this can happen the Council need to establish if the situation does actually meet the criteria to be considered as a statutory nuisance.

In both cases light and noise pollution residents must register their complaint personally. This can be done by contacting Sefton Plus on eitehr 533133 or 0845 140 0845.

In cases of noise pollution residnets will be requrested to fill out a noise log sheet detailing all the occassions when noise occurs together with details of the impact these noises have on their daily lives.  When the noise log is complete it is returned to the Council at which point a member of the Environmental Health Propection Team will review the noise reported and investigate.

In the case of light pollution, once reported the location is logged on an out of hours sheet and the site will be visited to establish if light pollution is occurring.

We hope that this situation can be resolved amicably between the residents and the club and we will be working closely with both to see if a compromise position can be reached.