Construction and demolition sites may give rise to complaints such as smoke from bonfires, piling, noise and dust especially during periods of hot dry weather and where existing residential properties are close to the site.
It is almost impossible for such sites to operate without noise and dust leaving the site boundary.
The site operator has a duty therefore to minimise noise and dust by introducing appropriate control measures where it is practical and reasonable to do so.
Emergency construction work
Certain types of work must be carried out at unsociable hours due to the repair being an emergency, or for safety reasons. For example:
- repairs to gas, electric or water mains
- repairs to major road and rail networks
What can we do
We can control noise from construction and demolition sites by using powers available to us under the Control of Pollution Act 1974.
Contractors should preferably apply for a prior consent rather than face the prospect of a notice being served by us after they have commenced work.
We can serve a notice imposing requirements as to how construction works should be carried out so as to minimise noise and disturbance. Generally, the acceptable hours for noisy work are Monday to Friday 8.00am-6.00pm, Saturdays 8.30am-1.00pm. No work to be carried out on Sundays.
What can you do
Contractors planning to undertake construction and demolition work can make an application for a prior consent to establish what noise controls will be imposed on a contract.
Site operators should inform us prior to any emergency work being carried out at unsociable hours if they are to work outside expected hours, and be able to demonstrate that:
- the works can not be undertaken at any other time
- the method of operation
- the plant or equipment used would ensure that the noise impact is kept to a minimum
The site operator is expected to minimise the impact of nuisance from such activities to residents who live close to the site. They will be expected to apply the appropriate control measures where applicable. For example:
- ensuring all plant and equipment has all the appropriate noise control devices fitted as recommended by the manufacturer
- methods of dust suppression appropriate to the dust episode
- highways surrounding the site are constantly swept
- reasonable working hours
- no bonfires
If you are affected by any of the above activities and wish to complain please contact us.