Friday 25 May 2012 8.30am
I would like to offer you some advice with your problem:
* Identify the source of the problem.
* Take pictures and keep a log of disturbances to re-inforce your case to the perpetrator.
* Politely explain your noise nuisance disturbance to the business which is commissioning the collection.
* If they are unsympathetic (generally this should not be the case on Bermondsey Street
), engage with your neighbours and add their voices to your representations. At this stage, you would have to decide that you are determined to see the struggle out.
* In my experience, Southwark Council
is useless for such situations (indeed, their own refuse vans (Veolia)are around and about in Bermondsey Street
in the very early mornings).
A hat-tip to Hayford & Rhodes is in order here. A model of a responsible local business. Their Dutch supplier used to park a double pantechnicon rig at the Tanner Street
junction at 4.30am and transport several loads of flowers in a rattling metal push-cage 50 yards to their store in Morocco Street
Once the problem had been explained to them, they acted to solve the noise nuisance and - after a short relapse by their supplier - have adapted their early-morning delivery systems to a much friendlier basis for local residents.
Which just goes to show that "It can be done" with polite, persistent persuasion!
Good luck, AndyABC, you have taken the first step to solving a genuine quality of life problem.