Neighbours’ anger over ‘Tesco shop’ fine for noisy Harold Hill steelworks
PUBLISHED: 09:00 03 January 2015
Angry residents blighted for more than two years by industrial noise roaring from a steelworks at the bottom of their garden have described a fine slapped on the firm as “like a Tesco shop to them”.
Emma Randall and her young family, who live in Pearcy Close, Harold Hill, have been kept up late and awakened in the early hours by noise from nearby AGP Steel in Spilsby Road.
Last month the company was ordered to pay £3,000 for work outside licensed hours that forced neighbours to complain of loud grinding and workers shouting as late as 11pm and as early as 5am.
This week Ms Randall compared the charge – comprising a £1,000 fine and £2,000 in costs to Havering Council, which brought the legal action – as “nothing”.
She said: “£3,000 to them is nothing. They make £500,000 a month – that’s what they boast of on their website.
“It’s nothing – it’s like a Tesco shop to them.”
Reversing forklifts and dropped girders were among other noises to disturb Ms Randall and her family over a two period beginning in November 2012.
Since the court hearing at Barkingside Magistrates’ Court on December 19 Ms Randall said she had heard no work taking place outside licensed hours.
Havering Council brought the action against the steelworks. Cabinet member for regulatory services Cllr Osman Dervish said: “Neighbours have had to put up with this noise outside of the permitted working hours from the steelworks for a long time and this is the right outcome for local residents.”
AGP Steel could not be reached for comment. On its website, it describes itself as “a fabrication specialist” offering “a supply and installation service for everything from temporary works steel to architectural metalwork”.
Its About Us section reads: “The yard, with its dedicated team of workers, operates between 7am and 5pm, five days a week, ensuring the high demands and often tight deadlines of our clients are met.