Tag Archives: Local Authority

Be a Nuisance to get Noticed!

We have generally made a real nuisance of ourselves to the authorities but it seems to be the only way to get noticed.
Nicky, London

“2 all night licenced clubs on our doorsteps with patrons using our roads as giant carparks and waking us up at all hours every single weekend, using gardens as toilets, having sex in cars, doing drugs, boozing, fighting, littering……

Our local council has been totally useless in dealing with our ASB problems and it feels as though our complaints are disappearing into a black hole and that resident’s rights are secondary to those of the club-owners. No-one seems to be held accountable and we are going around in circles despite complaints to councillors and our MP.

We’ve called 101 many times to get proper logging. We have generally made a real nuisance of ourselves to the authorities but it seems to be the only way to get noticed.”

Nicky and her neighbours finally got licence reviews of the clubs after a shocking bank holiday in 2014 where they were tortured for three nights in a row!

It took another whole year and Nicky and another neighbour going to court to finally get the place closed down!

[Source: email correspondence]

DIY Nightmare

We are in our 80s and strongly feel old age contributes to non action by the Local Authority. ‘John’ and ‘Wendy’, Exeter

‘John’ and ‘Wendy’ own their house and have suffered 10 years of continuous DIY. For weeks on end, early morning to late evening, weekends non-stop, with no courtesy warning of noise to come. Alterations to the neighbour’s house a few years ago are now being re-done. They comment: “The owner is DIY obsessive,almost manic. They have pit bull terriers which is a deterrent to re-confronting them. We are in our 80s and strongly feel old age contributes to non action by the Local Authority. Both of us still work and do voluntary work.” They feel the neighbours’ family intrude into their home and that there is no privacy.

‘Wendy’ dresses/undresses on the landing so as to feel unobserved. The neighbours’ children (now 11 and 13) sneer and smirk at them adding to their discomfort. “We have contacted Environmental Health (twice) with little active response – or a lack lustre response given too late. We are convinced old age bars us from useful help. The Police seem more willing to help but the “noise” factor bars them from so doing, thus they can only refer us to the Local Authority.” ‘John’ and ‘Wendy’ feel they have been discriminated against due to age. They advise victims to put pressure on their local authority and make sure they don’t dawdle and dither.

[Source: online survey]