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Noise problem, Partnership House, Waterloo Road/Gray Street SE1

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Tuesday 24 February 2009 6.32pm
Following the police's murder investigation on the site of the vacant office block, Partnership House, the site's owners, Johnston Houston (, now have 24-hour security. Unfortunately, they are housed in a cabin which is totally unsuitable for the environment it is in. Whilst I agree the building needs securing, something it lacked for the previous year or so, there has been no consideration for the residents living opposite in Quentin House as the nerve-jangling generator powering lights and heating runs 24/7. Supposed half hour respites when it switches off every hour and a half only adds to the level of annoyance.

Imagine having to sleep with earplugs every night. This is what we have to do just to get some sleep in our own homes.

Webber Row/Quentin House TRA, councillors from Southwark and Lambeth Councils and Gray Street residents have been thwarted at every turn in their appeals to the site owners. No one seems to want to take 'ownership' of the problem and actually do something about it.

None of this bodes well for the future demolition and development of the site. Contractors have a responsibility to the community they work within, surely? The contractors, Sisk, on the demolition site on Baron's Place (on the other side of Quentin House) have been EXEMPLARY in working with local residents, keeping them informed and more importantly, dealing with any queries and appeals. Johnston Houston have so far demonstrated a lack of interest in the welfare of Gray St residents. This needs to change.

Has anyone else had similar problems?

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