Thursday 15 March 2012 9.40am
As a resident of Benson I can tell you that the noise transmission levels within the flats are low. Obviously loud music can be a problem, especially disco/Afro beat type, but I have only ever needed to complain once to a neighbour.
The noise from Isabella Street
( EV, Jack's Bar
and the Thai restaurant) can be horrendous. As has been said it is worst at the end of the week and continues until as late as 2am.The general behaviour of the punters is that of people who have lost their inhibitions because of excess alcohol, anyhthing goes is the attitude and it does.Even their leaving the area is a problem, noisy minicabs, slamming car doors, over the top goodbyes. It is impossible to sleep with any window slightly open especially in the summer when there seems to be even more open-air drinking and always encouraged by the bar/restaurant owners.
Tait House does not seem to suffer the noise levels from Isabella street probably because Benson House acts as a buffer and absorbs and deflects most of the noise.
It really is a matter of location, location, location. The area is a great place for urbanites. Benson House is, and has been for over seventy years, a good location it is just unfortunate that we have gained such noisy neighbours.