Rosie Cooper MP

Working hard for the people of West Lancashire

05/12/07 Rosie Cooper presses West Lancashire District Council f

Rosie Cooper MP has been leading efforts to have noise pollution caused by Northern Packaging on the Stanley Estate in Skelmersdale brought to an end. Rosie has pressed the District Council to investigate complaints by local residents including one disturbance which lasted 16 hours, and to ensure that steps were being taken to bring the situation to a successful conclusion.

Rosie said: “These prolonged cases of noise pollution near residential areas are unacceptable. For those minority of businesses who don’t adhere to the recognised acceptable levels of noise in and around the workplace then they should be brought to task by the Local Authority and penalised for the considerable disruption this noise brings to peoples lives particularly those families with young children.”

In this particular case the District Council served a Noise Abatement Notice on the company giving them initially 12 weeks to reduce the noise levels affecting local residents. Working with the Company, the source of the problem was identified but because of problems engaging a contractor the Company was given a further 12 week extension by the District Council who agreed that their original deadline was ‘operationally unworkable’.

Rosie continued: “Six months is a long period for anyone suffering from the effects of noise pollution to have to wait for their situation to be resolved but I hope that we are on the last lap of this problem and residents will be able to enjoy the new peaceful conditions.

“I would urge that in future such cases the District Council makes it clear to offending company’s that swift action to resolve their noise pollution is not only desired but expected.”

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