Grow­ing con­cern over sawmill noise

The Oban Times - - News -

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.’

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