Leytonstone resident has not slept properly for eight months due to noise pollution during unsociable hours

Reg Busby was saved by a community officer who advised him of the construction working hours

Reg Busby was saved by a community officer who advised him of the construction working hours

First published in News East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter - Waltham Forest

Pensioner Reg Busby wants to raise awareness of the official regulations on construction industry working hours. 

The 78-year-old, of Morris Road in Leytonstone, says noise and nuisance has increased since the turn of the year when a property developer started work next to his home. 

He tells about how his life improved when he discovered a 1974 Act of Parliament stating the legal working hours. 

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3:09pm Wed 13 Aug 14

Go42 says...

Would that life was so simple. The Control of Pollution Act 1974 allows a local authority to stipulate hours of noisy work on construction sites. Convention suggests 8 am to 6 pm Monday to Friday, 8 until 1pm on Saturdays and no noise on Sundays and Bank or Public holidays. This is straightforward for a professional builder doing routine building work. But what about diy? That tends to happen on weekends and late evenings. Also contractors can make the case that night work or 24 hours work is the only way that a job can be completed! Reg is right, the law is there but Councils have a very difficult job trying to work out the fairest way that it should be used!
Would that life was so simple. The Control of Pollution Act 1974 allows a local authority to stipulate hours of noisy work on construction sites. Convention suggests 8 am to 6 pm Monday to Friday, 8 until 1pm on Saturdays and no noise on Sundays and Bank or Public holidays. This is straightforward for a professional builder doing routine building work. But what about diy? That tends to happen on weekends and late evenings. Also contractors can make the case that night work or 24 hours work is the only way that a job can be completed! Reg is right, the law is there but Councils have a very difficult job trying to work out the fairest way that it should be used! Go42
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5:22pm Wed 13 Aug 14

mdj says...

Well said.
A council official of LBWF informed me of these work hours when some cowboy builders moved in (literally: they were camping!) next door a few years ago.

It seems to be the case here that the council simply don't want to get involved, for reasons we can only speculate about. They are also responsible for enforcing laws against noise pollution, which could well apply here.
Well said. A council official of LBWF informed me of these work hours when some cowboy builders moved in (literally: they were camping!) next door a few years ago. It seems to be the case here that the council simply don't want to get involved, for reasons we can only speculate about. They are also responsible for enforcing laws against noise pollution, which could well apply here. mdj
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