Friday 13 September 2013 5.35pm
Gavin - thanks for your reply.
Yes, you're correct to say that living in proximity to a light industrial estate, you would expect some noise during the day. However in the same regard, you would not expect for the noise to escalate over time, or in particular be produced outside of normal working hours (as defined by Southwark council).
Fortunately I am not a 'new' resident, having lived here for the last 5 years. The noise is such that even though there is some proximity between the APC depot and any residential building (those on Rosetti Road directly overlooking the site, those on Sheppard Drive directly overlooking the site, and those on Lynton Road
directly overlooking the site - see http://goo.gl/maps/213VA
), it is clearly audible through all hours of the day, disturbing what is otherwise a relatively peaceful residential area. The distance (be it 100ft or 500ft) is largely irrelevant when that area is an open space where sound travels
What has happened recently is that the noise has increased and spread over a much larger portion of the day – through what seems to be a combination of louder operating kit and new working practices that extend the working day.
The jingoism of 'local people, local jobs' doesn't mean much I'm afraid - the same argument could be used to support the plethora of bookmakers and pawnbrokers which now plague high streets in London. This issue is about the working practises, and the willingness of an established company to take measures to ensure that it is not profiting at the expense of the area it operates in.
Working in the construction industry myself, I am fully aware of the impact that a business has both positively in terms of transforming an area, but also the effect of negative externalities on the environment in which it operates. Regulation exists to balance these factors: controlling working hours, noise emissions etc, but is only ever going to work as a series of checks and balances between residents, the council and business.