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Construction and Demolition Sites

Construction and demolition works are usually noisy and can take place in areas that are normally quiet. Although the work may not last long, the disturbance caused by noise and dust and other issues may lead to problems for people who live and work near the site.

It is in everyone's interests to try to foresee any problems that could arise and plan ways to avoid them. Contractors should refer to British Standards 5228, which is a Code of Practice containing information and procedures for noise control on construction and open sites.  


Guidelines To Help Minimise Disturbance

  1. Give neighbours who may be affected at least 48 hours notice. 
  2. Keep normal working hours between 7.30am to 6.00pm weekdays and 8.00am to 1.00pm on Saturdays. There should be no Sunday or Bank Holiday working, as far as possible. 
  3. Select the quietest suitable plant and equipment and keep it properly maintained and observe safe working practices. 
  4. Make sure that all sub-contractors are told to carry out their work in compliance with agreed guidelines on noise, dust and other matters. 
  5. For long term and complex projects, arrange for detailed liaison with the local community, through structured meetings with residents. 
  6. Avoid the need to park on the street by providing on site parking wherever possible. 
  7. Inform the Environmental Protection Team when your activities might be expected to cause disturbance. Care must be taken to avoid damage to neighbours property. Detailed law exists on this. 
  8. A competent person should survey sites for the presence of asbestos containing materials. Detailed law exists on working with and disposal of such material. 
  9. Keep the public footpaths and highways in a clean and tidy state. 
  10. DO NOT light bonfires; the penalties are severe and the exemptions are very restricted. 
  11. Take all reasonable practicable steps to prevent noise and dust from causing nuisance. 
  12. Ensure that any particularly noisy operations are carried out within the above times. 
  13. Do not allow the use of radios on the site in circumstances where it could cause a disturbance.        

 

The Law  

The Council has extensive powers to control noise and other nuisance from building sites under the Control of Pollution Act 1974 and the Environmental Protection Act 1990. This can involve prescribing working hours and methods.  

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