Early morning groundworks

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I am having persistent noise issues with the golf club next to my property. The club has an ‘excellent’ ground maintenance team who like to start work early and use heavy plant and machinery to do so. They generally start work around 6am 5 or 6 days a week and despite the other 9 greens on the course seem to enjoy starting their work on the areas closest to my house which is approx’ 25ft away. I spoke to the grounds team last year and felt obliged to do the same this Sunday when they had a tractor and earth moving machine going from 5.30am on the green closest to my house. I have a 4 and 5 yr old who are woken up around 6am most days and a wife who is 5 months pregnant. I have tried to tolerate things but feel they are taking less and less consideration for their neighbours or the time and days they are working. The noise is excessive and both the noise and vibration can be heard and felt as soon as they start work. The grounds team are not employed by the golf club and are sub-contracted and I am wondering what I should do to get a satisfactory resolution. I have heard working time restrictions for noisy work mentioned but cannot find anything on my local authority website? Weekends are generally the earliest starts for the guys which is very frustrating.

Whilst there is no set time for noisy works or statutory nuisance it is generally accepted that 7am marks the end of “night-time” hours. Again, not law, but there is support for this in statute and British Standards. (Imposed restrictions for working hours are generally imposed by local authorities on building works where they often recommend that no noisy works should take place on Sundays).

Ultimately, what one would be concerned with in this case is “best practicable means”. In other words, are they taking reasonable measures, taking into account the nature of the business they are running, to prevent nuisance? There may well be reasons why they are doing what they are doing (e.g. safety – empty course) but it may be difficult for them to demonstrate that alternative approaches can not be taken.

The golf club may still be responsible depending upon what instruction and aranagement they have with the contractors (by their “act default or sufference”). Here is what I would suggest:
1.Write to the club. Politely outline the problem and ask for a reply detailing what action will be taken in response. Give it 14 days to see if there has been any change. Most businesses will respond by making changes.
2.If the problem is not resolved to below what you consider to be a reasonable threshold contact your local authority and request they investigate.
3.Continue to monitor and log occurences throughout.