Christopher Wallace takes his protest to the street
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.”