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Residents demand action as mystery sound revealed as bird scarer
4:46pm Wednesday 14th August 2013 in Local
The residents, who were mystified when the banging began, now know it is an automatic gas powered bird scaring gun at a farm near Manor Way and want the din put to an end.
However, it is the homeowners of Brier Mill Road, Chadbury Road, Cloister Drive and the Abbeyfields estate which are getting the most earache.
David Taylor, who has complained to Dudley Council, said: “The council have been to visit and have heard the sounds and will chase them up this week to see what progress they have made.
“Surely the council has the authority and power to curtail the noise, as you can imagine, these extremely loud bangs start at 8am and finish around 9.30pm - every day.”
Dennis Franklin, who even took time to investigate the bangs, said: “This has never happened before this summer and it is extremely annoying and depending how the wind blows they can be very loud.
“They happen so often you even find yourself waiting for the next one to go off, the council has to do something about this.”
Councillor Tracy Wood, cabinet member for environment and culture, said: "An environmental health officer visited residents following complaints about noise in the Manor Way area.
"The noise appeared to be coming from a bird scarer located at a nearby farm.
"We have contacted the farmer to remind him of the importance of following the National Farmers' Union code of practice for the use of audible bird scarers and to ensure its use does not cause a nuisance to residents.
She added: "The farmer has proposed that he will redirect sound from the bird scarer away from residents and reduce the frequency of use. We will continue to monitor the situation to make sure the issue is resolved."
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