Residents complain of noise

2016-02-22 14:27
A Blackridge resident is in trouble after the city served notice on him about his 'noisy' generator.

A Blackridge resident is in trouble after the city served notice on him about his 'noisy' generator. (File)

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Pietermaritzburg - The Msunduzi Municipality has taken a Blackridge resident to court for allegedly failing to comply with a notice served to him about his “noisy” generator.

According to his neighbours, the man’s generator has been running “at all hours” every day since early December last year.

“It starts at 5.30 am, runs during lunch time and then starts again at 5.30 pm and goes most nights until at least 11 pm and often past that time,” said a frustrated resident, who did not want to be named.

The resident said she has now resorted to sleeping tablets as the noise is “unbearable”.

The frustrated neighbours said approaching the man was fruitless, and they were forced to report the matter to the municipality. They said they also reported the noise disturbance to the police.

“To not be able to relax with a window open in your own home is the worst. It’s embarrassing to have guests.

“It splutters and runs on full load, changing down at times and the resident does not give a damn how it’s affecting us,” said the neighbour.

Another neighbour, who also did not want to be named, said the generator has caused his family to stay out most weekends. “We just want a good night’s sleep. We have booked away more often than usual since December because we cannot bear to live in our own home with all the noise,” said the resident, adding the municipality were as “helpful” as possible.

“Let’s hope the court can do better,” added the resident.

Msunduzi Municipality’s acting spokesperson Nqobile Madonda said the city served a compliance notice to the home owner. When he did not comply with this, a section 56 summons was served on him on February 5.

“The noise regulations deal with noise nuisances, and do not stipulate the time a generator may be used. It does, however prohibit the causing of a noise nuisance,” said Madonda.

According to the city’s bylaws, noise nuisance “means any sound which disturbs or impairs or may disturb or impair the convenience or peace of any person”.

A disturbing noise means a noise level which exceeds the zone sound level and if no zone sound level has been designated, seven decibels is the maximum accepted level of sound.

Madonda added that whilst affidavit statements are required from complainants, noise readings will be taken to establish how much the noise has exceeded the accepted level of sound.

The “noisy” generator’s owner is scheduled to appear in court on March 16.

• kailene.pillay@witness.co.za

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