Demolitions - enforcements
The Council deals with incidents of nuisance being caused as a
result of demolition work. This includes noise, smoke and
obstruction/damage to pavements and verges.
Demolition Sites - Pollution
Borough Council’s powers to control noise, dust and air pollution
from demolition sites that may affect local residents are contained
in the Control of Pollution Act, 1974. Under Section 60 of this
Act, the Council may serve a notice imposing requirements as to the
way in which works are to be carried out.
Such a notice may, in particular:
- specify the plant or machinery which may be used,
- specify the hours during which the works may be carried
- specify noise levels which must not be exceeded,
- provide for any change of circumstances.
Any requirements made by the Council could vary according to
such factors as the type and extent of the work being undertaken
and the site location in relation to the surrounding
Advice to Builders and Developers:
Demolition sites are often near existing residential
accommodation. This can lead to conflict between demolition
contractors and local residents.
However, most residents will in general accept demolition site
noise but will complain if work starts early or finishes late or
takes place on Sundays or Bank Holidays. Generally, sites
operations should be limited to 7:00am to 7:00pm weekdays.