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Dear Sir

I set my alarm for 9 o'clock this morning. However I woke an hour early to the sound of a different kind of alarm - heavy machinery breaking up the road outside. When I got out of bed the floor was shaking. Apart from the obvious annoyance I felt, I also felt unwell as at the moment I have a low tolerance to sound due to an injury I incurred earlier in the year. I'm now sitting at work with a thumping headache. Do the workmen building the tram system really have to produce that level of noise at that time in the morning?

Other days I've woken up at 8am to the sound of a circular saw cutting into concrete, a horrible sound to anyone's ears. Also one night there were workmen outside our house digging up the road until way after midnight. I assume this was to make emergency repairs to the water system, but there had been problems with water pressure in our house for the previous fortnight so why couldn't these repairs have been carried out earlier, and at a more suitable time of day?

I'm not complaining about the actual work being done, just the times of day this work is carried out coupled with the amount of noise it produces. If there was a loud party in my house Environmental Health Officers would be round here in a shot, yet residents are expected to put up with the noise of roadworks at very unsociable times of the day. Is the problem of noise going to be addressed or should we expect no change?

Yours Sincerely

emr
19th Dec 2007, 11:37   | tags:,

billion says:

erm... haven't seen that one. but it does feel a bit like that in my house at the moment!

19th Dec 2007, 12:51

billion says:

ah, that one. yes I know it.

wasn't there another one where one of the "yorkshiremen" says incredulously:

"shoes? SHOES??? ee, you were lucky..."

19th Dec 2007, 13:29

taniwha says:

That looks like they are going to be there for quite some time.

19th Dec 2007, 14:36

billion says:

tell me about it. the edinburgh tram system will take another three and a bit years to build, at an estimated cost of £498 million of public money, much to the chagrin of disgruntled local residents like myself.

I hate to be all complain-y about this things, I'm not usually in the habit of writing to my mp, but when something directly affects your health you have to let someone know.

19th Dec 2007, 15:43

JokerXL says:

Looks like they're planning sending the first tram through your front door mate!

19th Dec 2007, 20:03

billion says:

that may well happen, in fact I think they intend on turning my house into an old-fashioned signals box. I'll be sat inside working the controls or else changing the points on the track manually with a big lever.

20th Dec 2007, 11:02

mat says:

for 100 extra pedantry points, the four yorkshiremen sketch was originally from At Last the 1948 Show, and only performed by Pythons in live shows, never on TV.

Yet it remains the most popular sketch Monty Python never made.

/coat :)

20th Dec 2007, 11:15

billion says:

well I didn't know that, cheers.

after carpe pointed out the four yorkshiremen sketch I youtubed the "ministry of silly walks" sketch, the "bridge of death" scene from the holy grail, then cleese' great speech at graham chapman's funeral. man those folks knew what funny is.

20th Dec 2007, 11:29

ha-ha! i live on the road which putin uses for going to kremlin every morning so it wakes me up every day at 9 am with all that his securities shauting with their karaoke! :) by the way, this summer they managed to remake that road under my balcony (about 500 meters) for 3 nights! that was real paradise to get that smell for all those long 3 nights... you are more lucky cause one day it will be finished :) and whoever would be a president of russia he will definitely go passing by my windows :-(

21st Dec 2007, 00:14

billion says:

do you mean they re-made the road then later put it back to how it was before? that's happened in edinburgh a few times for "very important occasions" involving royalty - they widen the road by a few inches then after the occasion narrow it again!

21st Dec 2007, 11:46

no, it was fine! but as long as president uses that road they simply first remove the asphalt and then make new layer. actually, new one even worse than the previuos :) just one more way to snatch some money)))))
in some moscow regions (i'm not even talking about some 1000 km away) they don't remake roads for 20 years!!! there are only two problems in russia - fools and roads. the ones makes the others :) sorry for my poor english

21st Dec 2007, 22:41