Residents’ concern over noise at Upminster Court

Upminster residents have complained about noise from functions at the headquarters of a logistics firm.

Michael Dugdale, who lives in Ruskin Avenue, said that worries about noise from Upminster Court in Hall Lane – owned by global logistics firm Uniserve – have been affecting his quality of life.

The 62-year-old, who has terminal cancer, said: “My wife and I moved to Upminster a few months ago.

“We thought it was a peaceful, quiet place here, almost like being in the countryside.

“The noise and the live music that they’ve had at their events was appalling. It has affected people in roads all around here.”

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Mr Dugdale also expressed outrage that residents were only informed of events on the day they took place and had no time to prepare for them, and is worried that they have no idea when future events will happen.

A Uniserve spokesman said that the firm had only held two events since starting to use the building fully in August last year – one which was on the night of the Olympic opening ceremony.

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The July 27 event was a grand opening party for the premises at which �20,000 was raised for street children around the world.

The other event was a ball held in June to celebrate a group of local students who had raised more than �50,000 for a charity in Africa.

The spokesman said: “We are under no obligation to inform residents about such events. However, our MD chose to do so voluntarily.

“The majority of residents appreciate the way Uniserve have lovingly restored and put Upminster Court to use.”

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