Thursday, 10 May 2018

Church bells

I think it's fair to say that if you move to the countryside - presumably to embrace and enjoy country life in all its glorious, varied formats - you can't really then complain about things which are part and parcel of the fabric of that life.

For example, if you live near a farm, then you have to expect to hear cows mooing, lambs and sheep baaing, pigs grunting and encounter the occasional strong odour of manure.  Farm animals tend to make noise and smells, it's what they do, it's probably part of their job description.

Similarly, if you live near a Church, it seems a little churlish to then complain to the council about the Church bells ringing.

Bearing in mind in the case I've been told about that the Church bells in question are only rung at weddings, funerals and on Easter Sunday, how much of a noise nuisance can they actually be?

These are surely day time activities - I'm unaware of any of the above services happening after dark or in the middle of the night - so I can't quite understand why this is causing an offence worthy of a complaint to the local council?

Giving the complainant the benefit of the doubt for a moment, perhaps they are a night-shift worker - in that case, I suppose it might be a bit annoying to be awoken by Church bells when you're trying to get a well-earned kip.

But in this particular scenario, as the Church is in an industrial town, on a busy main road, I can't quite get my head around how the Church bells are the one noise worthy of complaint.

If you buy a house near a farm, or a Church, or indeed a Pub or school, can you really complain if you hear the noises associated with these buildings and their inhabitants; have we really become that intolerant of other people and their way of life? 

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