Did the earth move for you? Study commissioned on impact of MOD explosions in Shoebury

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THE impact of noise and vibrations from explosions at Shoebury Range will be assessed in a six-month study set to start in the spring.

Qinetiq, defence contractor at the MOD site in Shoebury, hase commissioned the survey following concerns from communities around the Thames Estuary area.

The survey, which will involve up to ten monitors located at key points around the estuary, will assess if the noise and vibrations are damaging properties.

The last study of this kind was completed ten years ago and showed the explosions caused no structural damage to properties.

Mike Assenheim, independent councillor for Shoebury, said: “I have had no complaints from residents.

Anybody who has lived in Shoebury for any length of time is quite used to the noise.

“I live quite close to the range and have not experienced any damage because of activity there.”

However, communities further up the coast are known to have complained about the activity, claiming the noise is amplified by the water.

Neil Williams, clerk to St Osyth Parish Council, near Clacton, said: “I can only describe the vibrations as being absolutely horrendous at times.”

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7:46am Fri 11 Jul 14

alarminstaller says...

Surely in the interest of national security this facility is essential.

Having lived in the area all my life the noise is something we have come to accept, especially as it has been there forever as such.

Is it yet again people that move to the area and then complain ?

If it is newcomers complaining they do have a choice move.

We do seem to breed continual complainers these days.
Surely in the interest of national security this facility is essential. Having lived in the area all my life the noise is something we have come to accept, especially as it has been there forever as such. Is it yet again people that move to the area and then complain ? If it is newcomers complaining they do have a choice move. We do seem to breed continual complainers these days. alarminstaller
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8:35am Fri 11 Jul 14

Russ13 says...

alarminstaller wrote:
Surely in the interest of national security this facility is essential.

Having lived in the area all my life the noise is something we have come to accept, especially as it has been there forever as such.

Is it yet again people that move to the area and then complain ?

If it is newcomers complaining they do have a choice move.

We do seem to breed continual complainers these days.
Quite agree!

Lived in Shoebury since I was about 4 (over 30 years ago) and the explosions on the MOD land are part of life in this corner of the country. To be honest there are nowhere near as many now as there used to be!

I also remember the gas tower in Elm Road causing "ghosting" on the TV..... can you imagine the complaints there would be if the thing was still there? lol
[quote][p][bold]alarminstaller[/bold] wrote: Surely in the interest of national security this facility is essential. Having lived in the area all my life the noise is something we have come to accept, especially as it has been there forever as such. Is it yet again people that move to the area and then complain ? If it is newcomers complaining they do have a choice move. We do seem to breed continual complainers these days.[/p][/quote]Quite agree! Lived in Shoebury since I was about 4 (over 30 years ago) and the explosions on the MOD land are part of life in this corner of the country. To be honest there are nowhere near as many now as there used to be! I also remember the gas tower in Elm Road causing "ghosting" on the TV..... can you imagine the complaints there would be if the thing was still there? lol Russ13
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