Noise and safety fears over scaffolding

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Police responded after residents expressed concerns over safety when the scaffolding was put up on a small block of flats on Grenville Close, Daventry on Thursday, October 23 just before the start of the half term holidays.

Work was due to begin on the facia boards as well as a number of other issues.

Since then residents say they have been disturbed by the sound of children and teenagers running around and climbing over the scaffolding. Some have responded to requests to come down with abuse.

One resident, who asked not to be identified out of concerns for their safety, said: “It has been a bit of a nightmare really.

“Before the rest of scaffolding went up it was even louder, it was like a bomb going off, you could feel the vibrations through the wall.”

As well as climbing over scaffolding, residents say they have also been the targets of more unpleasant behaviour: “Kids have been throwing stuff in the garden and stealing stuff from the garden.

“Since the end of half term it has mostly been on weekends. But it is the second time they have put up scaffolding this year.”

Police have twice been called to the property and have spoken to the young people involved, but residents say this has not resolved the problem and children keep returning the scaffolding.

The resident said: “I’m 5ft 2 and I have arthritis. I am not going to go outside and have a row.”

“The reason we are raising this is more out of concern for their own safety than anything else. Anything could happen. It is a major concern.

“This area does get anti-social behaviour because some people are allowing their children to do as they like.”

It is also understood the scaffolding caused issues with the heating exhaust on one of the flats.

A spokesman for DDH said all reasonable precautions to ensure the safety of scaffolding had been made, including the removal of ladders.

Following complaints from residents DDH said it is monitoring the situation.