Engineering firm is shaking my house

Lime Street resident Nigel Fenton points to one of the hairline cracks in his house walls. Photo (MIKE DAVISON) SG020212MD To order pictures please visit www.spaldingtoday.co.uk/buyaphoto or phone 01775 765433
Lime Street resident Nigel Fenton points to one of the hairline cracks in his house walls. Photo (MIKE DAVISON) SG020212MD To order pictures please visit www.spaldingtoday.co.uk/buyaphoto or phone 01775 765433
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A HOMEOWNER claims his walls are suffering from heavy machinery being used by a firm which does not have planning permission.

Sutton Bridge Parish Council is objecting to Dodfrey Engineering’s retrospective planning application to change its use from a joinery workshop to a joinery/metal fabrication workshop.

Lime Street resident Nigel Fenton (76) – also known as David – told the parish council on Tuesday that his house is being shaken by vibration and noise from the firm, just 15ft from his boundary.

He told councillors there are hairline cracks in the plaster in every single room of his home.

Mr Fenton said the main problem comes from a guillotine used to cut metal.

Parish council chairman Christopher Brandon-King said: “Can we recommend to the planning authority that they actually stop the work that’s going on until this has been resolved because it’s not appropriate for them to have been doing the job without planning permission.

“If any of us started doing something without planning permission they would be down on us like a ton of bricks.”

Dodfrey Engineering has submitted a planning application for a change of use, which according to the firm began in March 2010.

Coun Jenny Rowe said the application should be refused because it involves a switch from light to heavy industry and the premises are too close to homes.

Dodfrey Engineering general manager Chris Thornton told the Lincolnshire Free Press said it is not accepted the hairline cracks at Mr Fenton’s home are caused by the company as there are other factors such as heavy goods vehicles passing by.

The company has worked with environmental health to minimise disruption to residents and had moved a heavy machine to the end of another workshop.