Council inspectors are investigating a Roman Catholic primary school after complaints about the noise levels.Hmmm, surely if you live near a school, you must expect a certain amount of noise?
Officials from a noise pollution team were brought in after neighbours claimed they were being confined inside their homes due to the "unbearable" screams of laughter from the youngsters.
Still, the response from the head does seem rather dismissive:
Headmaster John Thorpe said his school took all possible steps to be a good neighbour and he had changed the sound of the school bell in a bid to appease the neighbours who have also complained about footballs being kicked against the playground's mesh fence.And some people will say the noise of children running around and enjoying themselves is pretty intolerable, Johnny boy, particularly since most children’s dials these days go all the way to 11 and stay there, regardless of location.
He said: "Children have to be educated somewhere and there are obvious good reasons why it should take place in residential areas.
"Bearing that in mind, it is inevitable that there will be a range of different responses to that from residents.
"We have always adopted a good neighbour policy and done whatever we can to mitigate disturbances.
"Some people will say that the sound of children laughing and playing together can be quite uplifting.
"As a teacher, I think it's good to hear children running around and thoroughly enjoying their lives."
I was once unfortunate enough to be on a Tube train when a school outing got on, and they proceeded (totally uncorrected by any of the teachers with them) to make such a din that driver and station announcements couldn’t be heard, and you could barely hear yourself think.
So I have a bit of sympathy with the residents:
But neighbour Bill Disley whose house is only a few yards away from the school playground, said: "The noise is unbearable.Wouldn’t they have got used to this by now, tho…
"People always say 'oh, well kids have got to make noise'. I've got six grandchildren and I know kids make noise, but this is unbearable.
"We can't sit outside now, we can't open doors and windows. The neighbours feel exactly the same way."
The neighbours said the noise problem started in 2007, when the old Moss primary school was extended and merged with two other schools, St Andrew's and St Osmund's.Well, that puts a different complexion on things, doesn’t it?
The site went from housing only a handful of pupils to having more than 380, as well as a nursery. Mr Disley has now spent more than £5,000 trying to block the noise out from his property and hiring expert consultants to measure noise levels.
This is the equivalent of a pub venue being granted a license for a small amount of live music, over no objections from the neighbours, then promptly expanding this agreement to host a Van Halen concert. Every weekday.
What has the council got to say for itself, since it’s policies have directly led to the situation Mr Disley and his neighbours now find themselves in?
A Bolton council spokesman said: "We have listened to the concerns of Mr Disley and sympathise with his situation.See?
"The council's pollution control unit has carried out several noise assessments at his property and while we understand the noise is annoying to the individual, it does not constitute a statutory noise nuisance.
"A report on the situation is due to be considered later this month."
It’s different when it’s the council doing it, and not just some of you serfs looking to have a good time…