Stupid Nimbys

Some people will complain about anything. Wankers who buy a cheap house next to a speedway then complain about the speedway…ditto people living under flight paths…and now it seems people living next door to churches.

A parish council claims it has been forced to turn off its church bells for the first time in more than 100 years because of complaints about the noise.

A church has agreed to turn off its bells at night – because they are “prejudicial to health”.

The bells at St Mary’s Church in Ashwell, Herts., have been chiming every 15 minutes for 117 years.  

North Herts District Council (NHDC) said it received 12 complaints and was “legally obliged” to investigate the bells.

Now the council has ruled the noise of the chimes is “prejudicial to health” and have to be silenced between 11pm and 6am.

Ashwell Parish Council chairman Peter Long has claimed “the majority of villagers aren’t bothered”.

But he said the church had to agree to silence the bells at night because “the council would issue a noise abatement notice if we didn’t”.

He said: “Then we would probably have to appeal and we wanted to avoid wasting public money in a legal procedure.”

But ‘Save the Bells’ campaigner Chris Pack said the parish council had been “pressurised” into a decision.

He said: “They say they are pleased there is an agreement but it is not a compromise because [turning the chimes off at night] what was wanted in the first place.

“We are now going to campaign stronger to overturn the parish council’s decision because they have just taken the approach forced on them by NHDC.”

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

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