Residents’ petition over Darwen factory noise

The Babywise factory in Almond Street

The Babywise factory in Almond Street

First published in Darwen

RESIDENTS close to a factory in Darwen have launched a petition complaining about its operating hours, noise and traffic.

The 31 petitioners have submitted their complaints to Blackburn with Darwen Council about Babywise in Almond Street.

But bosses at the firm, which has been on the site for more than 15 years, with the building itself – Almond Street Works – pre-dating the houses, described the complaints as nonsense.

The petition was revealed to the council during a meeting of the executive board.

Council member for regeneration Maureen Bateson told the meeting: “The 31 petitioners are complaining that the premises are operating 24 hours a day and noise levels have increased at unsociable hours.

“They claim the company has expanded its working area into portable cabins which has reduced on-site parking and caused traffic congestion, and that they have also filled their site with environmental waste. Further contact has recently been made by the lead petitioner about the parking of employees’ cars and the delivery vehicles obstructing the highway.”

Babywise is based in the Almond Street Works and because the premises have been established for many years, there is no restriction on its hours of operation.

The company makes mattresses and changing mats.

Director Kathleen Cunliffe said: “We do not work 24 hours a day, it was just a one-off because there was a big baby event.

“We have extended our car park and have given one lad the job description of ‘traffic violation officer’ who polices the car park for us.

“And rather than getting a skip in every week for our waste, we recycle everything now, but the companies who take the rubbish away don’t come every week, they wait for it to fill up.

“So we pallet all the waste up in the yard ready to be taken away. We are looking after the planet.”

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7:09pm Wed 23 Jul 14

Copperhead says...

Factories make noise.
If you don't like it, don't buy a house near a factory.
People who moan about factory noise after they buy a house near a factory really get on my tits.
Just like people who who moan about aircraft noise after buying a house near an airport.
Put up and shut up - just like I do about traffic noise because I bought a house near the M65.
Factories make noise. If you don't like it, don't buy a house near a factory. People who moan about factory noise after they buy a house near a factory really get on my tits. Just like people who who moan about aircraft noise after buying a house near an airport. Put up and shut up - just like I do about traffic noise because I bought a house near the M65. Copperhead
  • Score: 36

8:30pm Wed 23 Jul 14

mytigers says...

The people that have started this need to sit down and think about the staff who could lose their jobs
do you not think darwen has lost a lot of its industry and this little local family company is trying its best to succeed so get on with life and enjoy
The people that have started this need to sit down and think about the staff who could lose their jobs do you not think darwen has lost a lot of its industry and this little local family company is trying its best to succeed so get on with life and enjoy mytigers
  • Score: 30

9:41pm Wed 23 Jul 14

hairy mary says...

I live in Accrington and thdy dont bother me . people moan at the slightest thing.if I owned the factory I would make as much noise as I could 24/7
I live in Accrington and thdy dont bother me . people moan at the slightest thing.if I owned the factory I would make as much noise as I could 24/7 hairy mary
  • Score: -5

10:41pm Wed 23 Jul 14

johndarwen says...

I would be happy to have them on my door step, not many working companies left in Darwen and these lefties that have nothing better too do than moan about a 1 off.
The parking is a non starter as anybody can park where they like as long as the have a road legal car and not blocking any driveways. I find that Capita staff smoking on the road side is a disgrace, but that is just one of the things you have to put up with.
Keep up with the good work Babywise, and use more local suppliers where you can...
I would be happy to have them on my door step, not many working companies left in Darwen and these lefties that have nothing better too do than moan about a 1 off. The parking is a non starter as anybody can park where they like as long as the have a road legal car and not blocking any driveways. I find that Capita staff smoking on the road side is a disgrace, but that is just one of the things you have to put up with. Keep up with the good work Babywise, and use more local suppliers where you can... johndarwen
  • Score: 17

10:53pm Wed 23 Jul 14

xianaleigh says...

Great to see the support from the local community, true Darreners! I work for Babywise and have done for 7 years, the residents have never complained about the issue but decide to start now!? I use the term residents loosely however as the majority of the neighbours are lovely and have already shown their support, I'm proud to work for a business that keep local people in work and actual manufacture products on our own door stop! Even though each staff member pays road tax for their cars we park on the car park, on the factory side of the pavement (where there are no residential houses) or around the corner from the factory and walk in, the factory shuts at 5pm and the 24 hour shift was a one off, we've bent over backwards to help residents that have raised issues, we certainly haven't had 31 people come to us to advise there is a problem!? When will they stop? When the factory closes and we lose our jobs and in turn our houses!? These people aren't thinking the consequences of their actions through, pure and simple!
Great to see the support from the local community, true Darreners! I work for Babywise and have done for 7 years, the residents have never complained about the issue but decide to start now!? I use the term residents loosely however as the majority of the neighbours are lovely and have already shown their support, I'm proud to work for a business that keep local people in work and actual manufacture products on our own door stop! Even though each staff member pays road tax for their cars we park on the car park, on the factory side of the pavement (where there are no residential houses) or around the corner from the factory and walk in, the factory shuts at 5pm and the 24 hour shift was a one off, we've bent over backwards to help residents that have raised issues, we certainly haven't had 31 people come to us to advise there is a problem!? When will they stop? When the factory closes and we lose our jobs and in turn our houses!? These people aren't thinking the consequences of their actions through, pure and simple! xianaleigh
  • Score: 34

9:39am Thu 24 Jul 14

CoryKay29 says...

I'll whack him
I'll whack him CoryKay29
  • Score: 2

1:13pm Thu 24 Jul 14

Progressive Penguin says...

johndarwen wrote:
I would be happy to have them on my door step, not many working companies left in Darwen and these lefties that have nothing better too do than moan about a 1 off. The parking is a non starter as anybody can park where they like as long as the have a road legal car and not blocking any driveways. I find that Capita staff smoking on the road side is a disgrace, but that is just one of the things you have to put up with. Keep up with the good work Babywise, and use more local suppliers where you can...
I think you mean Nimbys rather than lefties - political left leaners don't have a reputation for objecting to noise any more than those on the right do
[quote][p][bold]johndarwen[/bold] wrote: I would be happy to have them on my door step, not many working companies left in Darwen and these lefties that have nothing better too do than moan about a 1 off. The parking is a non starter as anybody can park where they like as long as the have a road legal car and not blocking any driveways. I find that Capita staff smoking on the road side is a disgrace, but that is just one of the things you have to put up with. Keep up with the good work Babywise, and use more local suppliers where you can...[/p][/quote]I think you mean Nimbys rather than lefties - political left leaners don't have a reputation for objecting to noise any more than those on the right do Progressive Penguin
  • Score: 3

9:57pm Thu 24 Jul 14

TheCaveman says...

The issue here is not what residents should "just put up with" - there is the law of the land in the shape of the environmental protection act and the control of pollution act. In particular the control of pollution act limits the hours a commercial premises can work - and it's the law of the land, not something to be regarded as an inconvenience so a company can increase profits at the expense of others ! How fair is it that the local residents should suffer and have their environment spoilt, the value of their homes reduced, when they are supposed to be protected? Good luck with getting the local environmental health officers to do their job though!
The issue here is not what residents should "just put up with" - there is the law of the land in the shape of the environmental protection act and the control of pollution act. In particular the control of pollution act limits the hours a commercial premises can work - and it's the law of the land, not something to be regarded as an inconvenience so a company can increase profits at the expense of others ! How fair is it that the local residents should suffer and have their environment spoilt, the value of their homes reduced, when they are supposed to be protected? Good luck with getting the local environmental health officers to do their job though! TheCaveman
  • Score: -12

2:32am Fri 25 Jul 14

MsSoulie says...

As stated earlier this mill was built before the houses. Again as stated the residents knew the mill was there when they purchased their houses. If they wanted peace and quiet at all times dont buy a house near a mill! There are enough business closures in Darwen over the last few years, Why dont people support local business's instead of helping to destroy them and the staff and owner that work in them.
As stated earlier this mill was built before the houses. Again as stated the residents knew the mill was there when they purchased their houses. If they wanted peace and quiet at all times dont buy a house near a mill! There are enough business closures in Darwen over the last few years, Why dont people support local business's instead of helping to destroy them and the staff and owner that work in them. MsSoulie
  • Score: 6

8:38am Fri 25 Jul 14

TheCaveman says...

So "being there first" gives them carte blanche to break the law and stomp all over the residents lives? - no, it doesn't. This attitude is typical of the careless approach to the well-being of normal people just trying to enjoy peace and quiet in their own homes. It's been explained how the operations of this factory have been changed and it should be looked into.
So "being there first" gives them carte blanche to break the law and stomp all over the residents lives? - no, it doesn't. This attitude is typical of the careless approach to the well-being of normal people just trying to enjoy peace and quiet in their own homes. It's been explained how the operations of this factory have been changed and it should be looked into. TheCaveman
  • Score: -7

9:22am Fri 25 Jul 14

Mummyaspin says...

TheCaveman wrote:
So "being there first" gives them carte blanche to break the law and stomp all over the residents lives? - no, it doesn't. This attitude is typical of the careless approach to the well-being of normal people just trying to enjoy peace and quiet in their own homes. It's been explained how the operations of this factory have been changed and it should be looked into.
So me caveman as stated the 24 hour thing is misleading as this only happen once for a baby event. The company had no complaints directly from the residents leaving them none the wiser that the company had disturbed anyone. As for the environment it is stated the company is recycling all waste which is collected on a weekly basis. Until it is collected it is stored in shipping containers. The shipping containers are actually on the grass on the car park so it does not hamper anyone from parking. Again as stated in the article the company has extended the car park and employed a sole person to manage the traffic. Now Mr Caveman what more can the company in question offer? The main perpetrator of the petition also has 2 vans and a car and is annoyed because he may struggle to park all 3 vechilcles on the street.
[quote][p][bold]TheCaveman[/bold] wrote: So "being there first" gives them carte blanche to break the law and stomp all over the residents lives? - no, it doesn't. This attitude is typical of the careless approach to the well-being of normal people just trying to enjoy peace and quiet in their own homes. It's been explained how the operations of this factory have been changed and it should be looked into.[/p][/quote]So me caveman as stated the 24 hour thing is misleading as this only happen once for a baby event. The company had no complaints directly from the residents leaving them none the wiser that the company had disturbed anyone. As for the environment it is stated the company is recycling all waste which is collected on a weekly basis. Until it is collected it is stored in shipping containers. The shipping containers are actually on the grass on the car park so it does not hamper anyone from parking. Again as stated in the article the company has extended the car park and employed a sole person to manage the traffic. Now Mr Caveman what more can the company in question offer? The main perpetrator of the petition also has 2 vans and a car and is annoyed because he may struggle to park all 3 vechilcles on the street. Mummyaspin
  • Score: 4

9:40am Fri 25 Jul 14

TheCaveman says...

I wonder if mummyaspin would feel the same if they were directly affected by this commercial operation? - As I said, there appears to be grounds for complaint and IT SHOULD BE LOOKED INTO.
I wonder if mummyaspin would feel the same if they were directly affected by this commercial operation? - As I said, there appears to be grounds for complaint and IT SHOULD BE LOOKED INTO. TheCaveman
  • Score: -3

9:53am Fri 25 Jul 14

Daddycool1980 says...

TheCaveman wrote:
The issue here is not what residents should "just put up with" - there is the law of the land in the shape of the environmental protection act and the control of pollution act. In particular the control of pollution act limits the hours a commercial premises can work - and it's the law of the land, not something to be regarded as an inconvenience so a company can increase profits at the expense of others ! How fair is it that the local residents should suffer and have their environment spoilt, the value of their homes reduced, when they are supposed to be protected? Good luck with getting the local environmental health officers to do their job though!
Caveman are you for real I mean really get a grip , if you wanted peace and quiet why buy a house close to a factory , factory's make noise don't they . Or is it you just can't stand other people doing well and are extremely jealous .
[quote][p][bold]TheCaveman[/bold] wrote: The issue here is not what residents should "just put up with" - there is the law of the land in the shape of the environmental protection act and the control of pollution act. In particular the control of pollution act limits the hours a commercial premises can work - and it's the law of the land, not something to be regarded as an inconvenience so a company can increase profits at the expense of others ! How fair is it that the local residents should suffer and have their environment spoilt, the value of their homes reduced, when they are supposed to be protected? Good luck with getting the local environmental health officers to do their job though![/p][/quote]Caveman are you for real I mean really get a grip , if you wanted peace and quiet why buy a house close to a factory , factory's make noise don't they . Or is it you just can't stand other people doing well and are extremely jealous . Daddycool1980
  • Score: 1

10:29am Fri 25 Jul 14

Mummyaspin says...

TheCaveman wrote:
I wonder if mummyaspin would feel the same if they were directly affected by this commercial operation? - As I said, there appears to be grounds for complaint and IT SHOULD BE LOOKED INTO.
Mr caveman mummyaspin would not complain about commercial noise after moving across the road from a factory. The owner of this business have met every need to the resident (I say resident as it all seems to stem from one individual) the company has bent over backwards to work together. However I wonder how the resident would feel if 40 people lost there jobs, homes and possibly family's. One resident in question once blocked the factory gates with his vehicles as he said he could not park easily. Rather than coming in asking some one to move even though it is a street and not his own personal drive. Also the individual family member threatened an old man who is undergoing cancer treatment out of frustration of not being able to park all 3 or 4 vehicles behind each other. However as always Babywise tried it's best to please them by extending the car park asking staff to park away from the premises and employing a traffic violation officer. Still this seems like it is not good enough. So mr caveman please tell me what you like the business to do to make you happy?
[quote][p][bold]TheCaveman[/bold] wrote: I wonder if mummyaspin would feel the same if they were directly affected by this commercial operation? - As I said, there appears to be grounds for complaint and IT SHOULD BE LOOKED INTO.[/p][/quote]Mr caveman mummyaspin would not complain about commercial noise after moving across the road from a factory. The owner of this business have met every need to the resident (I say resident as it all seems to stem from one individual) the company has bent over backwards to work together. However I wonder how the resident would feel if 40 people lost there jobs, homes and possibly family's. One resident in question once blocked the factory gates with his vehicles as he said he could not park easily. Rather than coming in asking some one to move even though it is a street and not his own personal drive. Also the individual family member threatened an old man who is undergoing cancer treatment out of frustration of not being able to park all 3 or 4 vehicles behind each other. However as always Babywise tried it's best to please them by extending the car park asking staff to park away from the premises and employing a traffic violation officer. Still this seems like it is not good enough. So mr caveman please tell me what you like the business to do to make you happy? Mummyaspin
  • Score: 4

3:22pm Thu 21 Aug 14

Corsetmaker says...

Christ - People whinging ALL THE TIME!! Reading the LET is akin to reading a diatribe of pointless complaining, no-one seems to be happy or grateful for anything! Whinge, Whinge, Whine!!
Sadly the chances are, that these 'lovely neighbours who say they support this local business, are likely also the ones **** behind their backs. Like Copperhead says, If you buy a house next to a factory, only an idiot would assume there would be no noise or traffic... Buy a house near the M65, you can hardly have a pop at traffic noise can you? I live right behind some industrial units, there's a number of small local businesses including a car repair place (lots of revving engines) a micro brewery (smells of hops) and a Bakery (the smell of break baking is a killer!) amongst others One business put up a bright security light which shone in our bedroom - you know what we did Almost Street Residents? WE SPOKE TO THE BUSINESS DIRECTLY and you know what they did? They apologised and tilted the light so it didnt shine in our house anymore... its called 'Effective communication' and 'compromise' Maybe you should quit whinging and get over it.
Christ - People whinging ALL THE TIME!! Reading the LET is akin to reading a diatribe of pointless complaining, no-one seems to be happy or grateful for anything! Whinge, Whinge, Whine!! Sadly the chances are, that these 'lovely neighbours who say they support this local business, are likely also the ones **** behind their backs. Like Copperhead says, If you buy a house next to a factory, only an idiot would assume there would be no noise or traffic... Buy a house near the M65, you can hardly have a pop at traffic noise can you? I live right behind some industrial units, there's a number of small local businesses including a car repair place (lots of revving engines) a micro brewery (smells of hops) and a Bakery (the smell of break baking is a killer!) amongst others One business put up a bright security light which shone in our bedroom - you know what we did Almost Street Residents? WE SPOKE TO THE BUSINESS DIRECTLY and you know what they did? They apologised and tilted the light so it didnt shine in our house anymore... its called 'Effective communication' and 'compromise' Maybe you should quit whinging and get over it. Corsetmaker
  • Score: 2

3:24pm Thu 21 Aug 14

Corsetmaker says...

Curse you Auto-Correct!!
Curse you Auto-Correct!! Corsetmaker
  • Score: 1

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