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Sainsbury's offer of peace talks with noise protest neighbour who is no fan of his local supermarket

Christopher Wallace takes his protest to the street

Christopher Wallace takes his protest to the street

Fans under his window

Fans under his window

Published: 29 March, 2013
by PETER GRUNER

CARPENTER Christopher Wallace has launched a one-man protest outside his Sainsbury’s Local store in Holloway with a banner proclaiming them “neighbours from hell”.

Mr Wallace, 55, says the store’s three industrial fans – which together are about the size of a family car – are positioned beneath the bedroom window of his flat and have a low-level buzz which keeps him up at night and are a regular irritation during the day.

Police were called during one of his protests but said that he was entitled to carry on prov­ided he didn’t encroach on the store’s property.

Islington Council has sent an environmental health officer to the store in Holloway Road close to the Odeon Cinema to measure the noise but have yet to produce a report.

Mr Wallace, from Waverley Court, said: “This store opened three weeks ago and I haven’t been able to get a decent night’s sleep since.

I’ve lived here for 13 years but I don’t seem to have any rights to peace and quiet. It’s like the noise of a distant motorway regul­arly buzzing in your ears for hours on end. I want them to move these fans to somewhere where they are not disturbing people. I shall continue my protest until I get justice.”

A Sainsbury’s spokesman said: “Our stores always aim to be a good neighbour so we are keen to resolve Mr Wallace’s complaint as soon as possible.

"We have arranged a meeting with Mr Wallace and a senior member of our engineering team to discuss the problem.”

Comments

MOVE THAT FANS.....

I AM FROM QUITO ECUADOR SOUTHAMERICA, MY NAME IS LINA AND I AM VERY UNHAPPY FOR WHAT IS HAPPENING TO CHRISTOPHER, IS VERY IMPORTANT TO SLEEP WITHOUT NOISE, I THOUGHT THOSE THINGS JUST HAPPEN IN LATINAMERICA, BUT NO IS IN UK, I CANNOT BELIEVE IT, PLEASE HELP CHRISTOPHER TO HAVE CALM INSIDE HIS PLACE, NOISE MAKES SICK MINDS OR HEALTH PLEASE BE HUMANS AND STOP THAT NOISE....:-(

Good luck Chris

Good on you Chris for fighting back against what appears to be a bully or a highly inconsiderate neighbour at best. You absolutely should not have to put up with that and I admire you for sticking up for yourself. Hopefully supermarkets will think twice about doing such a thing again in the future - in which case you have done others a favour too.

All the best,

Caspar.

NO FANS

i am sick of my uncle coming home complaining about his fans outside his window i would like if you would take them away. yours sincerly tommy nunan 13 years

I hope you manage to get some peace and quite

I met you today outside the store, i thought you explained your case very well, i hope you manage to get this matter resolved sooner rather than later.
Regards. Craig

peace talks with sainsbburys

The meeting never took place

peace talks with sainsbburys

they never took place because
they was near 2 hours late

crucial factor

it comes down to this....

whose flat is it?

if it is his, good on him! he will get peace and quiet eventually as sainsburys will realise it is better for them to spend a few grand on moving it or insulating the noise than to have the constant headache and bad publicity.

if it is a council flat, then feel free to move out. society can only operate when all who can contribute, do contribute, and london/uk is full of those who dont contribute who feel that they are "owed" something from society just because they are too lazy to get a job. you are owed nothing. get a job and pay for your own flat. if the council offer you a free/subsidised flat and you dont like it, move. its not as if you need to be up early to work anyway....

sick of seeing protestors who contribute nothing to society and just complain. you are of no benefit to us. start contibuting or leave.

want unemployment benefit? work for it. 5am in your local car park. 4 hours cleaning up rubbish/community projects gets you your "pay". the rest of the day you can look for a job.

society is decades into falling apart here....

ahmed32

will someone please take away

Will someone please take away those fans because they are driving Chris mad and it is not fair on him.

well done mr wallace

good on you for taking on the giant sainsbury i hope soomeone with a bit of common sense and compassion from this giant does something. Best wishes Bridie

Sainsbury's noise issue

I totally support Chris Wallace's fight against the noise pollution being created by Sainsbury's industrial fans positioned right outside his bedroom window. It must be a nightmare for him to have to listen to this all night and all day long so I hope the meeting goes in favor of Chris and Sainsbury's stick their fans somewhere else (preferably outside one of Sainsbury's bosses windows to see how they like it!) Good luck, Chris.

Our thoughts are with you

Our thoughts are with you Chris.
My neighbours and I are currently suffering from day time and nocturnal noise generated from the ALDI store which opened only last week on Kilburn High Road. The noise arises from machinery, manually operated plant and packers' pallet trolleys. It resonates through the buiding, preventing or disturbing sleep for some residents and remaining a problem throughout the day for most others.
After threatening action there have been some promises that this will be sorted but night and day time disturbance continues.

noise from supermarkets

thanks for your support

chris

i hope he wins all sainsburys care about is profit

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