Engineering firm must monitor noise

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CONDITIONS have been imposed on an engineering firm in Sutton Bridge following complaints from nearby residents that their homes are being “shaken” apart.

Staff at Dodfrey Engineering now have restrictions on their opening hours and noise levels, must keep their workshop doors closed and will have to carry out work on their equipment to prevent any equipment causing “noticeable vibration”.

The decision came from South Holland District Council’s planning committee on Wednesday as councillors considered a retrospective application to change the use of the building in West Bank for a joinery and metal fabrication workshop.

Coun Chris Brewis, reading a statement from nearby residents in Lime Street and Custom House Street, said the firm had “all but ruined” their lives.

“One homeowner has had severe damage inflicted to his home, caused by strong vibrations created by the use of a metal guillotine that have travelled through the ground causing severe structural damage,” he said.

“There is a strong possibility that the vibrations may also have an effect on other houses in the terrace, a domino effect.

“There is a reasonable fear that the bungalows of Custom House Street may suffer similar problems.”

Council officers told the committee imposing planning conditions would help monitor the situation for residents - and allow the council to carry out enforcement action if conditions are breached.

Coun James Avery said: “After listening to the debate and having it explained in more detail, I think that the conditions are robust enough to mitigate the issues they are looking to circumnavigate.”