Early morning workmen make man’s life a ‘living hell’
08:00 05 February 2013
A former university lecturer is gathering a dossier of evidence against noisy Camden Council workers who are making his life a “living hell”.
Carl Sanders has put his home on the market after more than two years of being woken at the crack of dawn by tradesman using the depot below his Gospel Oak flat.
Although workers have been ordered to stay off the premises before 8am, they have continued to turn up well before that time, according to the files compiled by Mr Sanders.
He was even pushed and sworn at by workmen at 7.15am when he tried to speak to them last month, claims a police report.
The case file has been handed over to the council to investigate.
Mr Sanders, of Bacton Tower in Haverstock Road, says he feels he is living in a “torture chamber” with the noise from his neighbours and the tradesmen below.
“In the past, it has been as early as 6am, turning up, slamming doors shut, loading and unloading equipment – it’s just getting ridiculous,” he said.
“They wake people up and then, throughout the day and on bank holidays and weekends, it’s the same. Living here is just impossible.”
The former senior lecturer in computer science at Middlesex University has created an online record of the disturbances to try to persuade the council to put a stop to the early morning activity.
The 58-year-old was awarded £100 in compensation in September 2011 after a council investigator upheld his complaint.
But he claims the rude awakenings have continued and he is now gathering evidence to send to the Local Government Ombudsman, complaining that the council has failed to rein in the tradesmen.
Mr Sanders, a professional photographer who works from home, said: “Because of the unrest here, you don’t get any peace and quiet. That’s one of the reasons I am selling up. Apart from that, this is a beautiful area to live in.”
Camden’s housing boss Cllr Julian Fulbrook said: “We are very familiar with Mr Sanders’ long-standing complaints of noise nuisance on the Bacton Estate and the matter has been investigated thoroughly on several occasions.
“Our contractors do arrive early in the morning at the district housing office on the edge of the estate. But we are assured that they do not undertake any activities that creates undue noise (including moving materials from a garage that they use as a store) before 8am in accordance with their agreement with us.
“The estate is a densely populated area, like most of London, and will always have an amount of background noise, including people having conversations, car doors opening and shutting and trains going past.
“Therefore some noise on the estate is inevitable and we are confident that we have taken all reasonable action to ensure noise is kept to the minimum level possible.”