A Hanwell building company has been prosecuted by Hillingdon Council after builders from the firm were caught doing work and making noise outside the hours it was allowed to do so.
Westway Construction Limited, based in Boston Road, Hanwell was taken to court by Hillingdon Council following resident reports that builders had been carrying out building works at a site on Newport Road in Hayes.
The case was heard at Uxbridge Magistrates’ Court on 12 September 2023 and Westway Construction Limited was fined £5,000 and ordered to pay the council’s costs of £521.44 for failing to comply with the requirements of a Control of Pollution Act notice.
At the court hearing, the council said a notice was issued on 1 November 2022, following complaints about noise nuisance from the site. The notice required that work at the site could only take place between 8am and 6pm, Monday to Friday, and from 8am to 1pm on Saturdays and that no work could take place on Sundays or bank holidays.
When the council’s anti-social behaviour team visited the site at around 9am on Sunday 19 February 2023 they witnessed drilling and banging, with builders being seen on the upper floors and in breach of the notice served.
The magistrates reached their decision in the absence of any representatives from Westway Construction Limited.
Councillor Eddie Lavery, Hillingdon Council’s Cabinet Member for Residents’ Services said: “We’re committed to doing all we can to create safe and strong communities where residents can enjoy a good quality of life.”
Councillor Lavery added: “Rogue businesses like this not only flout the rules but also impact adversely on the lives of residents living nearby. We won’t allow that to continue and will take the strongest action wherever possible. I hope this case serves as a warning to others to abide by the rules, or risk paying the price.”