BUILDING WORKS DURING COVID-19 CAUSE UNFORESEEN CONSEQUENCES:
Building work in residential areas is generally allowed between 8.00am and 6.00pm (Monday to Friday) and 8.00 am and 2.00pm on Saturdays. An article by Martin Rosner (Churchfields).
Building work can be annoying for neighbours at the best of times, especially when it involves drilling, excavating, grinding, etc. During lockdown, it can create almost unbearable stress when you are stuck at home and can’t even use the garden.
A resident in Redbridge recently contacted us about this issue. She was clearly very stressed about the incessant background noise caused by building work. She felt that she and her family had 'no hiding place to escape'. Sadly, the Council, although sympathetic, appears to have taken no significant action to address the issue.
Whether building work could be carried out at all during the early part of lockdown was very much a grey area. Now that it is allowed, we would ask the Council to review the issues relating to noisy building work in residential areas and take firm and appropriate action to limit it to far less than the current 10 hours a day.
Further stress-related issues can be caused when building workers fail to follow the clear guidance laid down by the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government, especially with regard to strict social distancing. This not only creates risks for the builders but also those living close by who may inadvertently come into contact with them. Social distancing is not advisory. It is required and, if it is not possible, work must cease.
If anyone else has experienced a similar noise-related problem, do let us know so that we can follow it up with the Council.
Martin Rosner: 17 June 2020
Dr. Mark Twitchett (Ed.)
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