Keighley resident hits out over morning noise from manufacturing business

The Teconnex premises in Chesham Street, Keighley

The Teconnex premises in Chesham Street, Keighley

The Teconnex premises in Chesham Street, Keighley

The Teconnex premises in Chesham Street, Keighley

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A KEIGHLEY resident says early morning noise from a neighbouring clamp-making firm is making his and his neighbours’ lives a misery.

Robert Bailey, of Pope Street, said he had complained to the company involved, Teconnex, which is based in Chesham Street, but claims nothing has been done to tackle the issue.

“It’s anti-social and it’s getting ridiculous,” he said. “We have another business nearby and they are great neighbours, but with Teconnex it’s just been getting worse for the past four months.”

However, Steven Pollard, Teconnex’s director of manufacturing, said the firm took any complaints from members of the public very seriously, and was always prepared to identify the source of problems and minimise their impact.

He added: “We’re quite a large company, employing about 400 people, and we’ve grown during the past couple of years, but we do recognise we’re a manufacturing business based close to people’s homes.”

Mr Bailey, 58, said he had lived in Pope Street, which is at the back of of Teconnex’s premises, for three years. He worked as a bus driving instructor, but retired due to ill health.

“On one Sunday morning a couple of weeks ago, they were emptying pieces of metal into skips at 6.15am,” he said. “It made a right racket.”

“This sort of thing, at about the same time in the morning, happens two or three times a week, and it wakes us up.

“I’ve complained to Teconnex, I’ve been round and I’ve also phoned them, but they don’t do anything about it. They’re not interested; they don’t want to know.”

Mr Pollard this week responded: “We don’t run a third shift. We only have a skeleton staff of four or five people on duty at night, and that decision was taken in the interests of local residents.

“Through the night we only maintain a small crew to run our automated processes, not the noisier processes.

“We did some trials on July 28 where we operated with the roof vents shut and all the doors closed to see if that has a positive impact on local residents, and we’re waiting for the results of those trials to come back.”

He added that as this is a time of year when many people sleep with their windows open, there is more potential for disturbance.

He also highlighted the fact Teconnex stopped skip wagon operations and deliveries to its premises before 7.30am, so he will investigate Mr Bailey’s claims.

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8:55pm Fri 8 Aug 14

piper56 says...

people have to work mr bailey you dont have that bugbear in your life
people have to work mr bailey you dont have that bugbear in your life piper56
  • Score: -11

10:01pm Fri 8 Aug 14

PhilBailey1986 says...

piper56 wrote:
people have to work mr bailey you dont have that bugbear in your life
Yes people have to work, that is not the issue here. We have another factory right on our doorstep and they are very happy to keep noise at acceptable levels within certain times. there are laws regarding noise levels at certain times of day. I am mr baileys son and also live in the same house. All that has been requested is a bit of consideration for the neighbours of the factories. Quite a few people (our neighbours) feel as we do regarding this matter, they just haven't brought it too the public domain. How would you feel to have large skips filled with metal fillings and off cuts etc... dragged across the ground at 6am in the morning making the whole house shudder as it was dragged? Forklift trucks just parked up with no driver in it yet the reversing horn blasting out at 6am? People in this house also work, and work long shifts too! 14 hour shifts several times a week, is it fair that this noise nuisance should happen and disturb several households, yet the other factories and businesses in our neighbourhood go out of their way to work hand in hand with their neighbours?
[quote][p][bold]piper56[/bold] wrote: people have to work mr bailey you dont have that bugbear in your life[/p][/quote]Yes people have to work, that is not the issue here. We have another factory right on our doorstep and they are very happy to keep noise at acceptable levels within certain times. there are laws regarding noise levels at certain times of day. I am mr baileys son and also live in the same house. All that has been requested is a bit of consideration for the neighbours of the factories. Quite a few people (our neighbours) feel as we do regarding this matter, they just haven't brought it too the public domain. How would you feel to have large skips filled with metal fillings and off cuts etc... dragged across the ground at 6am in the morning making the whole house shudder as it was dragged? Forklift trucks just parked up with no driver in it yet the reversing horn blasting out at 6am? People in this house also work, and work long shifts too! 14 hour shifts several times a week, is it fair that this noise nuisance should happen and disturb several households, yet the other factories and businesses in our neighbourhood go out of their way to work hand in hand with their neighbours? PhilBailey1986
  • Score: 14

10:56pm Fri 8 Aug 14

baldybogey says...

I suffer no noise from any nearby factory...

Ohhh that's probably because I did not move in to a house next to one.
I suffer no noise from any nearby factory... Ohhh that's probably because I did not move in to a house next to one. baldybogey
  • Score: -3

8:48am Sat 9 Aug 14

PhilBailey1986 says...

baldybogey wrote:
I suffer no noise from any nearby factory...

Ohhh that's probably because I did not move in to a house next to one.
Well we've lived here since feb 2011 and it's only in the last few months that noise has become bad.
[quote][p][bold]baldybogey[/bold] wrote: I suffer no noise from any nearby factory... Ohhh that's probably because I did not move in to a house next to one.[/p][/quote]Well we've lived here since feb 2011 and it's only in the last few months that noise has become bad. PhilBailey1986
  • Score: 3

11:44am Wed 13 Aug 14

Shauny-Boy says...

Try ear defenders.
Or maybe the factory should close and leave the staff unemployed?
I suggest you soundproof your home with double glazing etc.
Try ear defenders. Or maybe the factory should close and leave the staff unemployed? I suggest you soundproof your home with double glazing etc. Shauny-Boy
  • Score: -1

12:26pm Wed 13 Aug 14

PhilBailey1986 says...

Shauny-Boy wrote:
Try ear defenders.
Or maybe the factory should close and leave the staff unemployed?
I suggest you soundproof your home with double glazing etc.
For your information, our home is double glazed. And that comment regarding closing the factory and making staff unemployed is not what is wanted and isn't constructive. Funnily enough, since this article has been published, miraculously, the nuisance noise level has curbed to an acceptable level and times. How strange that requests from neighbouring properties fall on deaf ears and get disregarded, yet a bit of negative publicity works wonders...
[quote][p][bold]Shauny-Boy[/bold] wrote: Try ear defenders. Or maybe the factory should close and leave the staff unemployed? I suggest you soundproof your home with double glazing etc.[/p][/quote]For your information, our home is double glazed. And that comment regarding closing the factory and making staff unemployed is not what is wanted and isn't constructive. Funnily enough, since this article has been published, miraculously, the nuisance noise level has curbed to an acceptable level and times. How strange that requests from neighbouring properties fall on deaf ears and get disregarded, yet a bit of negative publicity works wonders... PhilBailey1986
  • Score: 0

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