Mar 04 2012

Suffering Noise From a Building Site in Harrow?

Construction sites are a very common source of noise pollution.

They are often in areas, which were quiet beforehand e.g. residential areas, and therefore the noise generated from their activities is very noticeable.
Construction noise is part of any development, therefore normal construction noise during the day cannot be controlled.

However, it is an anticipated part of a development and therefore a restriction on working hours is often prescribed as part of the planning permission or can be imposed later if found to be a problem.

Harrow Council runs a Considerate Contractors Scheme that states that noisy building work should not take place:

  • Before 8am and after 6pm Monday to Friday.
  • Before 8am and after 1pm on Saturdays.
  • On Sundays or Bank Holidays.

Noise related work outside these hours would generally only be allowed if the builder could justify this work e.g. it was necessary for health and safety reasons. These restrictions may also not relate to works carried out by statutory undertakers e.g. Railway undertakers. Also, the building work must be done using equipment that is well-maintained and as quiet as possible.

If the noise persists, you can report noise to the Community Safety team – call 020 8901 2600 or email community.safety@harrow.gov.uk.

If you call the team while the noise is going on, you will be contacted by the duty officer (depending on the availabilty of staff) or Out of Hours Noise Service as soon as possible. They will be able to provide advice or take action and will respond to your complaint as soon as possible.

Source: Harrow Council

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