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What Lies Beneath

We've had no hot water since Monday morning. The boiler-repair people apparently couldn't get parked today. Useless bastards. If they're not in and done by half nine tomorrow morning, I'm going to go fucking mental. However, that's not the main problem I'm having at present.

At the weekend, the useless fuckers below us re-angled the lights that illuminate the name of their shop.

Those lights now point through our bedroom window, making even 3am look like dawn. I've been sleeping in bursts of between half an hour and an hour because of this, and haven't the energy to do much of anything.

The people below have proven unwilling to listen to complaints in the past—I had to lodge two noise complaints before they stopped doing full shopfitting work in the hours between midnight and dawn.

Is there anyone at the council I can phone? Would my landlady have more sway with these bastards than a mere tenant like me? And in the hypothetical situation that their lights happened to get moved without me being involved whatsoever, may any consequences be forthcoming?

[flocked for sleepdep-powered paranoia]

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fenland
Jun. 25th, 2008 06:07 pm (UTC)
Questions and a couple of thoughts (and possibly stating the obvious (sorry)):

Is anyone else in your block being affected by this? If so, then you should speak with them and see if they are willing to put their names with yourselves in a letter of complaint.

Do get your landlord involved... if you were to move, then the next tenants would be affected as well, so it is in his/her best interests to be involved.

As to a specific department within the council which you can complain to, I think that they has to be, but I am not sure precisely which one it is. They, as shop owners, have to keep within guidelines set by the council, about what they can and cannot do.

Look up on the council website if you can to see if there is any particular department. Failing that, do contact the council by phone and try to speak to someone.

Once you've spoken with someone, do follow it up with a letter; keep it to the point, but do mention (only ) that their have been previous issues with which you have had to compain about to the shop owners directly.

I hope that some of this is helpful, if not... sorry...
digitalraven
Jun. 25th, 2008 06:28 pm (UTC)
Pollution Control department. They deal with light pollution, so I'm going to get them involved tomorrow. Given the history of Those Downstairs, I'm less willing to try talking to them directly, as that's always been a waste of time in the past. We're the only ones with windows right above their signage, so we're the only ones affected.
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digitalraven
Jun. 25th, 2008 06:24 pm (UTC)
I'm fine with (though may grumble about) the noise of drunk tourists at 3am. I'm not fine with the noise of a circular saw suddenly tearing a large sheet of plywood in two at 3am. One is a natural outgrowth of the nature of the area. The other is the bastards downstairs deliberately ignoring laws set up to ensure that people can live in the city as well as looking at it.

Turns out that the council pollution control team explicitly covers light pollution. Unfortunately, they stop answering the telephone at 5pm.
the_seraph
Jun. 25th, 2008 06:43 pm (UTC)
yeesh. that all sucks.

littlegoth and I once had to go without water at all (save for like a trickle to brush teeth with) for 40 days.
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