Growing concern over sawmill noise
CORPACH residents say they have suffered enough as noise from the sawmill continues to cause sleepless nights.
There have been growing concerns over noise from the BSW Sawmill for months with people around Drumfada and across the water in Achaphubuil being effected.
At the Kilmallie Community Council meeting on Monday May 22 members of the community, who have been affected by this for the past 12 to 18 months, described the noise as an intermittent ‘clanking’ which can go on until 2am.
Community council member Mandy Ketchin said: ‘People accept noise during reasonable hours but not at 1.55am. People are suffering from sleepless nights almost every night. It’s affecting people’s lives.’
Graeme Corner, senior environmental health officer for the Highland Council in Fort William and Skye, said environmental health had received 12 formal complaints. But Ms Ketchin added: ‘It’s not just one group of four houses. It’s right across Drumfada estate and beyond, so I think it’s safe to assume everyone is suffering, but some have just not yet been mobilised to complain.’
Mr Corner explained that during BSW’s planning application to move across to its new site, it had to submit a noise prediction level.
He said: ‘BSW is undergoing a post completion noise assessment which the council will then look at to see how it stacks up against the predicted noise and the conditions set in the planning application. If we still get complaints once the noise assessment has been submitted, we can then carry out our own tests.’
BSW has planning permission to work round the clock.
Residents will now be issued with a noise diary which they should fill in before giving back to the council.
Roddy Mainland, of Lady Margaret Drive, Drumfada, said he had the lived in the area for 52 years. He said: ‘I don’t think anyone has a problem with the plant or against a sawmill which employs lots of people and is good for the community.
‘The chipper is a particularly annoying noise and a predominant one which is heard over the whole area. I think BSW recognises this and that it has been a problem for a while, and what we have been complaining about most of the time. So I am concerned they know it’s a problem and disappointed they have not yet done something.’