Explosion noise not a nuisance says council

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“THE bangs are getting louder – so loud it’s as if the explosion is happening in the garden.”

That is the view of one Newtoft resident as testing continues at the former MOD site in Faldingworth.

Ashleigh Frost said the whole area is being frustrated by the explosions and their complaints are “falling on deaf ears”.

She also believes the explosions are causing damage to her home.

“We have lived here for eight years, and it is only since the testing has increased that cracks are appearing in the house.

“Coping is falling down from the outside and earlier this year when an explosion happened two of our new six-foot fencing panels fell down in the garden, injuring one of our dogs.”

Despite the talk of wide-spread unrest, West Lindsey District Council said it has only received four complaints about last week’s round of explosions.

Public protection service manager Chris Allen told the Rasen Mail: “We are sympathetic to the concerns of residents regarding the recent batch of tests at Faldingworth, which we have recently been made aware of through our established notification arrangements and our website.

“Council officers have been monitoring events on site and using noise monitoring equipment, last week.”

However, the council has found activities at the site do not constitute a statutory noise nuisance and as such no legal action can be taken against the site.

“We have found no evidence suggesting enforcement action is necessary,” added Mr Allen.

“The council will continue to monitor the situation and continue to liaise with the site owner.

“West Lindsey District Council has a duty to balance the rights of businesses to operate, with an individual’s right to enjoy peace and quiet in their own home.

“We commissioned an independent technical noise report and sought specialist legal advice.

“We have also referred matters to the Local Government Ombudsman, who has supported the actions we have taken to date.

“We will continue to monitor operations to ensure that the balance of rights and responsibilities remains appropriate.

“If we do establish a noise nuisance exists we will take enforcement action.”