Stirling Council have agreed to:
- undertake noise and vibration surveys
- if levels are above acceptable thresholds, to commission independent legal advice
- to decide on enforcement action based on the above
Councillor Danny Gibson, chairperson of Stirling Council’s rail noise and vibration working group, a group that has received cross-party support, issued a statement of the group’s decision. The actions of Stirling Council is much welcomed by those afflicted by sleep deprivation, stress and the many health risks that come from high noise and vibration exposure. The plight of those being polluted is being ignored both by the line promoters and by those who operate the line. It is gratifying that our elected councillors have approved the steps necessary to ensure public health is protected.
Councillor Gibson’s statement of decisions agreed by the group:
“The Committee agreed:-
1.to note the interim findings of the Stirling-Alloa-Kincardine Railway Noise and Vibration Working Group;
2.to undertake noise and vibration surveys at affected properties in the vicinity of the Stirling-Alloa-Kincardine Railway Line to provide an independent assessment of the extent of noise and vibration nuisance caused by the operation of the railway line, which would inform any possible enforcement action to be taken by the Council and to recommend that the Council make financial provision for the commissioning of the surveys, which was likely to be in the region of £20,000;
3.that if noise and/or vibration levels were found to be above acceptable thresholds, to commission independent legal advice to inform the Committee prior to considering possible enforcement action such as the serving of abatement notices in respect of the noise and vibration nuisance caused by the operation of the Stirling-Alloa-Kincardine Railway Line.”
Residents afflicted should make sure they’ve notified their own Council. See complaint form.
Article by A Mcver NVAG chairperson