Mum-of-three ‘hasn’t slept properly for half a year’ due to building works
A mum-of-three says she has been left exhausted over noise from a construction site near her house which she claims has kept her awake night after night.
The furious mum claims she has not enjoyed a full night's sleep for more than half a year due to noise coming from the site in Rockbeare, East Devon.
Jennifer Coleridge claims not only is there considerable noise during the day from the Taylor Wimpey site, but that a generator is left on next to her home overnight which prevents her and her family from sleeping properly due to the noise and vibrations it creates.
She claims the daily noise includes a fleet of lorries turning up to take soil away at 6.30am, and drilling beginning at 7am.
Her partner, Jonathan, works nights while she also has three daughters aged 17, 15 and six, reports Devon Live.
Jennifer – who bought the house in 2018 – says the problem is so severe that they are considering renting a property elsewhere until the noise subsides.
"I wish I had never bought the bloody house," she said. "It has been a nightmare.
"I haven’t had a decent night’s sleep for months. I have been trying since June last year.
"I have lorries turning up on site, builders on machinery with lights flashing and alarms going off. Guys turn up on site and leave their engines on.
"I also have a generator going on all night. There is a little outbuilding outside my bedroom and I don’t know if it that one has the generator inside or not but it is horrible.
"We are considering renting somewhere but that is ridiculous as we would be paying for two homes when it is them making the noise."
Jennifer, who has jobs as both an area manager for a cleaning company and as a cleaner, is so frustrated at the situation that she has complained to both Taylor Wimpey, who are building the houses at the site, and the council.
But things have got so bad that she even emailed her MP in the hope of finding a solution.
"I have spoken to environmental health and they have done their bit by going on site and emailing them too but it only makes a difference for a day or two," she continued.
"I was trying to get to sleep but couldn’t, so I sent an email at 1.30am saying I was lying in bed unable to sleep with my head under a pillow.
"I have spoken to my local MP too. I am at my wit’s end."
"We couldn't use the garden in the summer, we couldn’t hang the washing up," Jennifer continued.
"The work was expected but they shouldn’t be starting work until 8am so I feel they are breaking the rules and regulations.
"There is an outbuilding that looks like a brick shed too outside my house. We should not be hearing anything from it but we can hear it and feel vibrations too. It is affecting my sleep and well-being."
East Devon District Council confirmed that they had been contacted by Jennifer over the issue.
The council said that it was putting pressure on Taylor Wimpey to find a solution.
"Officers in the Environmental Health team have been helping this resident with a number of concerns over the last six months," said a council spokesperson.
"As a result, the procedures used by Taylor Wimpey have improved and they are compliant with the requirements of the East Devon DC Construction Sites Code of Practice.
"Recently quite a bit of infrastructure work has taken place very close to this resident and they do appreciate that some noise during the day is inevitable.
"There is a current issue regarding a humming noise from a new electricity sub-station and Taylor Wimpey have been asked to undertake an in depth noise assessment and ensure that any recommendations are implemented, working with the utilities company as necessary.
"Officers will ensure that a permanent resolution is implemented as soon as possible.
Taylor Wimpey has now apologised for the impact of their work on Jennifer and her family.
They confirmed they were in discussions with East Devon District Council to reduce noise and discomfort, and added that the generator in question – which is being used to power a drying room – would soon be replaced.
A Taylor Wimpey spokesperson said: “We would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused by our construction operations and we would like to thank local residents for bringing this matter to our attention.
"We will take appropriate steps at our Cranbrook development to help keep any disruption to the local community to an absolute minimum.”
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