Glen Van der Merwe, Byron Bay
Does the humming noise from your neighbour’s pool pumps bother you in your house between 8pm and 7am seven days a week? If it does bother you, then you can by law ask them to switch them off at these times.
I have been suffering pool-pump noise in my home now for seven years. I have asked the owners of the nearby property to please switch them off during these hours as they are causing me great distress. Their arrogant answers were ‘they are off’, ‘wear ear plugs’, ‘sleep with the radio on to dampen the sound’, or ‘just ignore it because there’s nothing we can do, they need to be on at night to run our water features’. Bad luck, neighbours.
Council have tried many times to resolve the problem, but they gave up and suggested I take them to court, which I’ve enquired about. There is no legal aid and I would have to represent myself and pay all costs if I lose. Is all this fair?
If you have a problem with noise from neighbour’s pool pumps ring me on 0413 683 374 so that we can organise a lobby group to approach council to do more. For example there needs to be an after-hours worker to go around checking for compliance.