Tuesday 21 September 2010 8.19pm
Why are the developers of The Shard
allowed to construct the tower all hours of the day (and night) without consideration for the local residents and patients at Guy's Hospital
The noisy racket emanating from the construction of The Shard
is lasting longer and longer each day. Southwark Council
boast of a Code of Construction Practice that is supposed to limit construction work to 8am-6pm Monday to Friday (plus a bit on Saturday) and is designed to protect neighbours from the obtrusive noise generated in construction. However, within the last week I have complained twice, once early in the morning and once late at night, to the Council's helpful Environmental Enforcement team. On both occasions they visited the site of The Shard
only to be shown a “Section 61 notice”. Apparently, someone within the Council has given prior consent (the Section 61 notice) for 24-hour noisy works. It is unclear how many days this covers but it allows the builders to cause a noise nuisance whenever they like during the day(s) covered by the notice.
What's the point of promoting good neighbourly construction policies if Southwark are going to exempt the largest constructor of the lot?
If you are a resident or a hospital patient and feel like complaining then the noise team can be reached on 7525 5777.