Residents living near the Sea Front at Penarth are complaing about what they called “an invasive thumping noise” apparently coming from the Welsh Water sewage pumping station on Penarth Esplanade
Residents say the noise is present at all times of the day but is especially annoying in the evenings and during the night
One of the residents Mrs Marion Avon has complained to local ward Councillor Clive Williams (Conservative Plymouth Ward) describing the noise as “thump thump thump thump booom!”
She says sometimes it is “very loud” and seems to be getting worse. The sounds can be heard constantly in the background – even when she is watching elebvision
Mrs Avon is by no means the only person concerned about the noise. A resident in Park Road – higher up and further away from the pumping station is also understood to have complained about the noise .
Mrs Avon says the pipes at the pumping station should have had soundproof cladding installed around them to insulate the noise .She says residents are no longer prepared to put up with the constant racket.
In the summer of 2014 Welsh Water contractors Morgan Sindall carred out a five month long project to replace a storm water sewer pipe running beneath the Northern Esplanade.
The £1,300,000 contract involved only underground pipework and contractors said they were not upgrading or replacing any of the massive underground sewage pumps located in deep chambetrs 30 feet beneath the surface of the promenade.
There may, however, be other explanations for any noise heard last weekend.
South Wales Police received complaints about a noisy 30th-birthday party being held by singer Charlotte Church at her home near Dinas Powys and some say this might have been the source.
The sound of “music” at the party was heard over a radius of three miles and some of the complaints about the noise came from Penarth.
The party – and the music – continued until 5:30 on Sunday morning.