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Backlash begins against Halesowen bang bemoaners
8:00am Thursday 22nd August 2013 in News
A BACKLASH has begun against Halesowen residents complaining about continual bangs in the rural part of town.
Dudley Council have been contacted about the bangs, which are believed to be a gas powered bird scarer, but some local residents believe they are the sound of the countryside and should continue.
Anne Atkins, from Abbeyfields, contacted the News to laud the rural feel of the part of Halesowen near Manor Way.
She said: “What a sad life the people complaining must lead and they obviously have not lived around here very long.
“I have lived near Manor Way overlooking the lovely countryside for many years and the “bizarre” bangs and explosions that are suddenly driving these people to distraction have always been heard.”
She added: “These people who chose to live close to the countryside, airports and schools and then have the cheek to complain about the noise make my blood boil.
“The houses on the Abbeyfields estate are built on ground which used to be farming land and I suggest to those complaining should stop whinging and get used to this rural noise.
“I am sure Dudley Council and the police have more important issues to deal with.”
David Taylor, who has complained to Dudley Council about the noises, is disappointed that despite Dudley Council’s environmental team’s intervention the bangs continue.
He said: “The bangs still go on and at the same sound level, even though the frequency has been reduced, so we are still not 100 per cent happy.
“The tenant farmer does not live in the area so does not have to listen to the bangs, roll on harvest time so we don't have to listen to this anymore - well, not for this year anyway.”
However, several people have got in touch with the News claiming some of the bangs are gunshots.
Dog walker Paul Gregory said: “The noises are mainly gunshots and not a bird scarer “The people responsible are often dressed in full camouflage and shoot across public footpaths that are in regular use.”
“I have challenged them in previous years but they maintain they have the land owner’s permission.” He added: “This year the problem is a lot worse, it is now constant every evening and all day Saturday and Sundays until 9pm and is a major nuisance throughout the spring and summer.”
Mr Gregory has notified Dudley Council concerning his theory about the gunshots disturbing the peace.
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