MYSTERY NOISE ‘FROM ESPLANADE’ KEEPS RESIDENTS AWAKE

The thumping noise is said to be coming from the Welsh Water pipework and pumps operating 30 feet beneath the promenade or from Welsh Water's yellow-brick pump-house

The thumping noise is said to be coming from the Welsh Water pipework and pumps operating 40 feet beneath the promenade or from Welsh Water’s yellow-brick pump-house nearby

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.

Beneath these manholes is a 40 ft deep chamber which and electric pumps whch send raw sewage to Cog Moors

Beneath these manholes is a 40 ft deep chamber with electric pumps which send raw sewage to Cog Moors

Few Penarthians have ever seen - or indeed smelt - this. It's the inside of the 40 foot deep shaft beneath the Esplanade which contains raw untreated sewage at the bottom.

Few Penarthians have ever seen – or indeed smelt – this. It’s the inside of the 40-foot-deep shaft beneath the Esplanade which contains raw untreated sewage.

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.

One of several bleak warnings festooning the pump house on Penarth Esplanade

One of several bleak warnings festooning the pump house on Penarth Esplanade

Charlotte Church

Charlotte Church

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.

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8 Responses to MYSTERY NOISE ‘FROM ESPLANADE’ KEEPS RESIDENTS AWAKE

  1. robert ryan says:

    It happens in Penarth

  2. Tony says:

    I did hear a ringing noise last night and this morning but I think that was probably a distant alarm-did not hear a “thump thump” sound-are we too far away for it to have been Charlotte Church’s birthday party (Wales on line does indicate there were “noise issues”!

  3. AK says:

    Can they really hear pumps running 40ft below the gound (which is almost the depth of a low tide)

    • SLEEPLESS RESIDENT PARK RD. says:

      PDN Reported This Noise” APPARENTLY ” Was Coming From The Pumping Station. At This Point In Time The Definite Noise Source Has NOT Been Established. Welsh Water Personnel Were On Site At Lunchtime Today. I Do Hope The Source Of This Noise Is Speedily Found And Dealt With And A Peaceful Nights Sleep Returns.

  4. Tim Hughes says:

    Because Penarth has a largely combined sewerage system the pumps also pump a lot of rainwater to cog moors. There would be little reason to be pumping foul sewage in the middle of the night as there isn’t much produced then! In really exceptional rainfall, when the pumps cannot handle the high volumes of water entering, the very very dilute sewage will travel along the new pipe to be discharged out at sea, to feed the fishes.

  5. Tony says:

    Agree with comments about pumping station-I live a stones throw from it and love sleeping with the bedroom window open-never heard a thing-I did wonder about the smell as the pumping station near the Barry Knap lido used to smell of stale cabbage-no smell either-a couple of years ago the emergency siren sounded at Dow Corning Barry in the early hours and that was heard very clearly.

  6. snoggerdog says:

    i live near top church,& i hear bells sometimes. weird innit!

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