The Harrogate East Parade tenant living in a building zone sandwich

Construction work on East Parade
Construction work on East Parade

After 18 months of construction work taking place on East Parade, one Harrogate tenant has declared she is living in a “constant work zone”.

Susan Evans moved into her flat on East Parade with her boyfriend 18 months ago, despite building work taking place on the left hand side of her.

Construction work on East Parade

Construction work on East Parade

However, five months ago Susan became sandwiched between scaffolding and construction work when builders arrived to start work on the flats to the right of her.

Despite complaining to Harrogate Borough Council (HBC), Susan said work is still taking place seven-days-a-week, early in the morning and late at night.

The noise levels have become so disruptive that she has admitted that they can’t bear staying in the house and have to escape outside “just to find some peace and quiet”.

She said: “It’s constant noise at the front and at the back. The workmen block our parking spaces and are incredibly rude and obnoxious.

Construction work on East Parade

Construction work on East Parade

“They work on Saturdays and Sundays, seven-days-a-week, when they’re not supposed to, starting at 6.30 in the morning and then well into the evening.

“It’s not just about losing sleep, we can’t stay at home, watch TV or listen to music. It’s impossible to drive out so you just have to leave the flat.

“For £625 a month you expect to be able to live in peace and enjoy your home but the work has stopped us living our lives.”

“If we had known it was going to be like this we would not have moved in here.”

As well as having “no idea” when work on either side of her house will be finished, Susan said residents were given no notice that the building work on the right was starting.

Nicky Garside, HBC’s head of Safer Communities said the council took issues of noise pollution “extremely seriously” and had already installed noise recording equipment at the property.

On review of the recorded information, Ms Garside said there was not “sufficient evidence of a statutory nuisance” and the council could not take any further action against the builders.

However, following further complaints, the council have re-opened the case and said “appropriate action” will be taken should the noise become “unacceptable”.

She said: “Building/construction work which is likely to cause complaints due to loud noise levels should take place between 8am – 6pm Monday to Friday and 8am – 1pm on Saturdays.

“It is important that the builders’ vehicles are parked appropriately and are not causing an obstruction for other road users.

“Should the builders break any parking regulations, we will undertake appropriate enforcement and issue a fine.”