Nottingham

Victoria Centre work leads to accommodation help over noise

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Image caption Builders are working on the Clocktower frontage but residents in the block of flats behind have complained about the noise

Alternative housing could be offered to tenants suffering from noise as a result of the redevelopment of a shopping centre.

People living in the flats above the Victoria Centre in Nottingham said drilling work at night time is causing them sleep deprivation.

Nottingham City Homes, who manage the flats, said it would help residents who are struggling, where appropriate.

The building contractor said it would try to minimise noise at night.

April Burns, a resident in the flats, said: "I work until half eleven at night sometimes and coming home they're still making noise.

"I'm not sleeping properly and [my baby] is getting woken up in the night."

'Absolute rubbish'

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Media captionA council tenant recorded the drilling sound late at night at his property

Another tenant, named Chris, said he suffered from a chronic health condition and the noise was proving too much.

He said: "My consultant said if it carries on he wants me to go on to anti-depressants, I don't want to go on to anti-depressants.

"Just try and lessen the noise that's all we're asking."

Nottingham City Council said building contractor Laing O'Rourke had started to work for only five out of seven nights a week and has agreed to take measures to prevent noise after 22:00 GMT.

However, Mrs Burns' husband Damien, said the measure was "absolute rubbish" and that the problem was "getting worse."

Nottingham City Homes said in a statement that it was working with some residents regarding disruption.

"We are considering their individual needs and, where appropriate, we will support them to find alternative accommodation," it said.

"We are in the process of offering alternative accommodation to one resident whose health is being adversely impacted."

There are about 700 tenants who live in the Victoria Centre flats.

The works at the Victoria Centre shopping centre are due to be completed next year.

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Image caption Artists impression of the new Clocktower entrance which is currently being worked on

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