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Strange vibrations under Linden are causing one resident to lose sleep, and he believes he has worked out the cause.
Craig Simmons who lives in Bloomfield Terrace said he experiences the rumbling at all hours of the day and believes it is coming from the incinerator, officially named Gloucestershire Energy from Waste Facility (EFW), based in Haresfield on the other side of the M5.
Run by waste giant Urbaser Balfour Beatty (UBB) who have a contract with Gloucestershire County Council to burn the county’s waste, the Javelin Park facility officially started operating in January this year.
The 35-year-old self-employed audio visual technician says the issues began around the same time the plant started burning waste for the first time.
He said: “There are constant vibrations and noise coming from the UBB EfW plant, it is unbelievably loud. The vibrations are causing me insomnia and many other people I have been speaking to on a local forum.”
Gloucestershire County Council has been quick to dismiss his concerns and said UBB “continually monitors the facility and the surrounding area” and this was the “first complaint of vibration that it has received”.
Mr Simmons’ neighbours in Linden posted on the local forum Nextdoor that as far back as August, they were also experiencing vibrations and noises.
One said: “I live on the corner of Seymour and Churchill Road. There is a low-level hum that is audible throughout my house. It’s going on all day now.”
“My son lives in Bloomfield Terrace and has been hearing and feeling the vibration for a few months now, it’s been driving him mad in lock down,” said another.
And someone else added: “Yeah, I can hear it at night typically. Driving me mad! No idea what it is though.”
It became a local mystery for the Linden community.
Mr Simmons claimed he had “exhausted other avenues” in his mission to find the source of the vibrations.
He said: “I’m definitely waking up in the middle of the night, 4am, 6am and as soon as I go to bed, it’s pretty bad. I have also exhausted other avenues of what it could have been. The neighbours have moved out and it’s still going. I thought it was fish tanks, it could be anything. I’ve had blood tests and all sorts.”
‘My car was pulsating like a nuclear reactor’
Last month, Mr Simmons decided to investigate further afield and went in to the canal on the A38 Whitminster, where work was previously happening, at the dead of night to see if roadworks there was causing the vibrations.
“It got to a point at 2am in the morning last month – I just couldn’t stand it anymore, I was so awake,” he said.
Mr Simmons didn’t find anything there as work had finished two months prior. It was then on the drive back home, that the revelation about the incinerator came to him.
He said: “I stopped off at the McDonalds roundabout on the A38 and my car was vibrating while I was sat in there. The car was pulsating like a nuclear reactor. I thought what is that? I looked over the motorway and there was the waste management facility.”
Mr Simmons added: “The moment it feels like such a weird coincidence that it [the vibrations] started at the same time of year they became fully operational.
“The measurements on their website only appear to be within 1km of the property and obviously with being in Gloucester, it’s a little bit further. With my audio engineering degree, I know that infrasound at high amplification can travel many miles and I think that’s what it is.”
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Gloucestershire County Council statement
A spokesman for Gloucestershire County Council, said: “The operator of the Gloucestershire Energy from Waste Facility continually monitors the facility and the surrounding area.
“This is the first complaint of vibration that it has received.
“The facility at Javelin Park is nearly five miles away from Linden and in between there are two busy roads (the M5 and A38) as well as a large number of commercial properties.
“As such, noise complaints should be directed to the local district council, which can investigate the matter further.”
Responding to the county council’s statement, audio-tech Mr Simmons said: “It’s clear that they do not know how sound works through the air or through harder materials like the earth.
“Infrasound can be recorded over tens of kilometres away which can be a lot further at great amplification, wind direct and at night. Noise travels faster and further through hard/solid materials than it does through the air.
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“There have been studies on large and small wind farms about infrasound causing health and wellbeing problems on residents that are exposed to low frequencies and infrasound emanating from the turbines. Not too dissimilar to the turbines used at the facility here.
“It is laughable that they think it is car noise … unless the M5 and A38 are right next to my house with a never ending stream of cars running on it 24/7 next to my flat I might get their point.”
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