Monday 10 February 2003 12.17pm
Please excuse delay in reponse. Now I am up to speed I will try to answer more quickly:
Normal hours for noisy building workings is 08:00 to 18:00 hours on Mondays to Fridays and 08:00 to 13:00 hours on Saturdays.
This is controlled by Southwark Council
's Noise Team (24hr number 020 7525 5777) who, when building works come to their attention, can serve a notice under section 60 of the Control of Pollution Act 1974 to restrict the noisy works to these hours and to ensure the best practical means to reduce the noise is employed.
Under certain circumstances permission must be given to work outside these hours for specific parts of the works.
Reasons that permission is given for noisy works outside of these hours is usually because of traffic flow problems that a particular part of the job can cause and is on the advice of the Metropolitan Police Traffic Division with consultation with the Bus Company, Highways and Transport for London.
The permission does not allow for other noisy works that can be conducted out of hours and is usually quite specific in what is allowed.
A condition of the out of hours works is for the contractor to inform all local residents and businesses of the noisy works, usually in the form of a leaflet drop.
The Council's Noise Team does not have the resources to consult with residents and businesses on the large number of applications for noisy working out of normal hours, but each considered separately and many are refused or varied.
The Council does not have the power to stop noisy works, but after service of the notice, can prosecute the contractors for breaching the terms of the notice.
Until after a notice has been served on the contractors there is no restriction on noisy works, and contractors cannot be prosecuted.
The Council also has a Code of Construction Practice that it expects contractors working in the Borough to adopt.
In the incident of the contractor that was working on the road in Union Street
, permission was given for noisy work out of hours works at the junction of Union Street
and Borough High Street
, permission was not given for the rest of Union Street
The investigating officer on that Sunday was told by the contractor that permission had been given for Union Street
and unfortunately the information available to the officer from the out of hours log was not specific enough, i.e. did not specify that permission was granted only for the junction with Borough High Street
. The Council's Noise Team have taken steps to ensure in future more accurate information is available in the log to the investigating officers.
The matter was investigated further on Monday and revealed that permission had been only granted for the junction of Union Street
and Borough High Street
, the contractor chose to use up excess materials from the works at the junction of Union Street
further along Union Street
The investigating officer also found another contractor to be working noisily that Sunday at a business premises in Union Street
, removing scaffolding. this noisy work was a separate incident to the road works but at the same time as the road works were taking place and the Council had not been aware these works were to take place.
Both of these contractors have been identified and have now been served with notices to restrict the hours for noisy works.