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Joined 17-03-2005
Posted on Saturday, 01 July, 2006 - 01:12 pm:   

Weekends and Bank Holidays have been traditional times for DIY, so for years, thinking 'live and let live' we have put up with neighbour's noisy power drills, screeching of chainsaws, and circular saws, preferring to go out rather than make a fuss.
I say 'neighbours' loosely, as some of the noise has been a few streets away.
Some of the noise we experienced came from hired professionals as well as DIY'ers.
However, apparently, we no longer have to put up with it. Lewishams' website advises that noisy working from both DIYers and professionals must not be carried out outside 8.30am- 1pm on Saturdays, none at all on Sundays and Bank Holidays, and that this is now enforceable. There are also strict hours of working during the week.
Has anyone had any experience of using this information when speaking to their neighbours directly, or through the Councils enforcement team?
It would be helpful if the Council issued public information leaflets on this , as I don't think many people are aware of the regulations. I understand that a design company called ' Raw Nerve' have produced such a leaflet, but I have not been able to get a copy. I think this should be issued to all households in the borough.
Joined 27-07-2003
Posted on Sunday, 02 July, 2006 - 07:52 am:   

This is apparently the norm in Germany, and while you might not necessarily be reported your neighbours will give you a very hard time!
Joined 28-03-2006
Posted on Monday, 03 July, 2006 - 09:57 am:   

Which section of the lewisham website is this on? - I find that a bit concerning , if you work full time then the weekends is the only time when people can do work - obviously unacceptable levels of noise early in the morning are not good, but I am interested to see what levels of noise lewisham will be 'enforcing'. I generally accept that people (as I do) get stuck into their DIY or gardening on the weekends and I would prefer that people noisily mow their lawns (that can be as noisy as powertools) on the weekend than in the evening.
Joined 30-03-2005
Posted on Monday, 03 July, 2006 - 12:37 pm:   

This seems to be the relevant part of the website; oisePollution/NoisyNeighbours.htm

But it may not be up-to-date.
I will see if I can find the leaflet and report back.

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