Thursday 5 February 2004 3.17pm
I returned home from work yesterday evening, to the unwelcoming sound of a local shop alarm on Crucifix Lane
This continued in irregular intervals up until about 10.00 p.m. By this time I was almost pulling my hair out - was it going to start again or not? Thankfully, it didn't, & I managed to get an alarm free night sleep (although, I haven't been so lucky in the past) or rather, at least till 7.30a.m. when it started up again. I left for work at 8.45 a.m. & it was still going.
From previous experience, I knew it was pointless to call the noise pollution team as they cannot do anything till after 10.00pm. Even after this time it can take forever to sort out -
Firstly, to arrange a visit to my property and listen to the level of sound from the room it will be most annoying; they then have to decide whether it is of public nuisance.
Secondly, once a decision has been made, they have to contact a judge, so they can get a warrant to break into the building & turn the alarm off.
Apart from feeling extremely agitated (from the sound of the alarm) & deaf (from the volume on my TV to drown the alarm), I am amazed that this is allowed to happen. I can see the shop that was causing the problem, from my kitchen window & not once did anyone turn up to check the place out. Not even the Police.
It didn't appear to look as if there had been a burglary, which is maybe why it carried on for so long.
The shop is built under the railway arches, which may trigger the alarm off & has happened many times before. If this is the case, you would think that the alarm system they have in place would be able to cope with the rumbles of trains overhead?
If not, why are they not linked directly to the Police & silent? - especially in a residential area.
Anybody suffering from similar problems?