Fury over ‘car crash’ yard noise

Residents on Pinewood Avenue in Bispham are protesting against the noise being made by a metal processing plant, which has set up on Bristol Avenue without planning permission.'Residents make their feelings known outside the plant.  PIC BY ROB LOCK'2-11-2011

Residents on Pinewood Avenue in Bispham are protesting against the noise being made by a metal processing plant, which has set up on Bristol Avenue without planning permission.'Residents make their feelings known outside the plant. PIC BY ROB LOCK'2-11-2011

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A GROUP of residents claim their lives are being made “unbearable” after a noisy metal processing plant began operating behind their homes.

Fylde Coast Metals – which is listed as a contractor for Blackpool Council – set up on Bristol Avenue in the summer and have since applied for planning permission

But neighbours on nearby Pinewood Avenue – whose homes back on to the site – said the constant noise as metal is picked up by a machine, dropped into containers and crushed, is like listening to a “car crash”.

In addition, the racket causes windows to vibrate, wakes up shift workers and makes gardens impossible to use because of the unbearable noise.

They have now vowed to fight a planning application to allow the company to remain on the site, which they say goes against environmental legislation.

Resident Darren Gregson, 39, said: “Our children are frightened to go in the garden because of the noise and it makes the windows vibrate.

“Most people moved here because it’s a nice street with great gardens.

“The processing plant shouldn’t even be here, it’s not following environmental legislation.

“This area is supposed to be for offices or light industry, scrap metal does not come under this.”

Neighbour Linda Burluraux, 52, added: “We cannot even sit and have a conversation in our garden because the noise level is so high. It is excessive and takes place early in the morning and late into the evening, both on weekdays and at the weekend. It sounds like a big car crash“.

A noise abatement notice has already been served on the company by environmental protection.

This week residents held a meeting on the street to discuss the next step.

The site used to be a dental lab and Fylde Coast Metals are awaiting the outcome of a change of use application for the site.

But the company say noise levels are within reasonable limits.

Director Jason Stephenson said: “We take complaints very seriously and paid for a professional regulatory company to monitor noise levels.

“The report states we are not making half of the decibel noise levels allowed, however we are still continuing to work on alleviating the alleged noise.”

A Blackpool Council spokesman added: “We’re currently considering a planning application from Fylde Coast Metals for a metal recycling and processing plant.

“There has been a lot of public interest in this application which will be taken into consideration when a decision is made at planning committee on November 28.”