Herbrandston residents 'tortured' by mystery low frequency noise

Western Telegraph: Some of the sufferers Steve Ingram, Paul Chesher, Jane Ingram, Marilyn Woosey, Gill Peace, and Louise Cleaver. Some of the sufferers Steve Ingram, Paul Chesher, Jane Ingram, Marilyn Woosey, Gill Peace, and Louise Cleaver.

A group of Herbrandston residents have reached breaking point after a 'torturous' mystery noise made life in the village a 'living hell'.

Jane and Steve Ingram said life at their quiet Herbrandston home became unbearable when a low, drowning noise started keeping them awake at night.

Jane, who began to hear the drone back in 2009, said she hasn't had a full night's sleep in years and has even considered moving house.

She said: “At first it was a noise similar to a car engine running. I would get up in the middle of the night to see if there was a car out there, and there never was.

“And when I put my head on the pillow, I hear big machines drilling underground. It’s torturous.”

Over the last few years the noise has been described as a constant humming, a low drone, or vibration, which goes on and off throughout the night.

The couple thought the noise was emanating from one of the two oil refineries or LNG facilities on their doorstep, and last August they contacted Port Health and the Environment Agency, which launched an investigation.

Although the investigation detected low frequency noise at 63 Herz (42decibels), its source remained a mystery.

Steve said: “We’ve lived in this house since 1980, and we’ve always had noise from Murco and Valero, and we’re used to that. This is a different type of noise, and we do not know where it comes from.

"It can travel seven miles or more because it is low frequency, and even if the jetty is empty, the noise is still there. A lot of people are getting depressed now and giving up."

Anne Kerr, who has lived at her home in St Margarets Way, Herbrandston, for 33 years, said she started hearing the noise about three years ago.

She said: "It's more of a vibration than a noise, it's very disturbing to my body - my heart vibrates.

"Sometimes I feel suicidal because it's becoming hell, like hell on earth."

Another sufferer Louise Cleaver said she is constantly haunted by the noise at her Tiers Cross home.

She said: "It's like living on a steep hill and having huge lorries constantly going up it in low gear."

Gill Peace, of Havens Park, added: "I have given up the ghost because it consumes your life."

Jane said: "We have come to the stage that we can’t do anything - but all we want is to find out what it is, and stop it."

Jane and Steve would like to form a cross-community working group to tackle the problem. Email ingram817@btinternet.com to register your interest.

Steve added: "We await the outcome but the message from the Port Health and EA is simple, if you are suffering in silence - don’t.

"They want you to inform, to give them the factual documented evidence they need, every day if necessary."

To report ship noise call Port Health on 01437 776389, and for land noise call Natural Resources Wales on 0800 807060.

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1:01pm Sat 18 May 13

Jennykeal says...

This noise is almost certainly coming from the three wind turbines that were erected in 2009.

http://www.milfordme
rcury.co.uk/news/443
4760.Windfarmopensit
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Wind Turbine Syndrome is now known about worldwide
http://www.windturbi
nesyndrome.com/
This noise is almost certainly coming from the three wind turbines that were erected in 2009. http://www.milfordme rcury.co.uk/news/443 4760.Windfarmopensit sdoors/ Wind Turbine Syndrome is now known about worldwide http://www.windturbi nesyndrome.com/ Jennykeal
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7:09pm Sat 18 May 13

taff2010 says...

And shortly Three massive ones will be at Wear Point so beware the village of Waterston!
And shortly Three massive ones will be at Wear Point so beware the village of Waterston! taff2010
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11:06am Sun 19 May 13

Indeview J Hudson says...

Does anyone hear such a noise in Haverfordwest? Is it widespread?

I thought it was me, but the noise I wake up to/ tune into during the night to does sound like a running engine.
Does anyone hear such a noise in Haverfordwest? Is it widespread? I thought it was me, but the noise I wake up to/ tune into during the night to does sound like a running engine. Indeview J Hudson
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1:35pm Sun 19 May 13

Gogledd says...

years ago I was camping and the tent poles which were metal then used to hum. The owner of the campsite was mystified..there was nothing no running machinery no water no nothing...we never found out what it was but that was a mere curiosity. Low level sound can be extremely annoying. I do hope you find out..good luck!!
years ago I was camping and the tent poles which were metal then used to hum. The owner of the campsite was mystified..there was nothing no running machinery no water no nothing...we never found out what it was but that was a mere curiosity. Low level sound can be extremely annoying. I do hope you find out..good luck!! Gogledd
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3:36pm Mon 20 May 13

Doc Malik says...

Any wind turbines nearby?
Any wind turbines nearby? Doc Malik
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8:30am Tue 21 May 13

Qwerty123abc says...

Indeview J Hudson - the noise in Haverfordwest could be caused by a few things... The water treatment plant, the dairy and the heavy Murco trains are all quite noticeable I find.
Indeview J Hudson - the noise in Haverfordwest could be caused by a few things... The water treatment plant, the dairy and the heavy Murco trains are all quite noticeable I find. Qwerty123abc
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9:07am Tue 21 May 13

Indeview J Hudson says...

I wasn't aware of it last night and I do hear the trains but they do not drone on and on.

There aren't any big wind turbines nearby. My thoughts were possibly the diary or more likely the water treatment plant, if the sludge is aerated overnight or other machinery based processes take place.

It would be interesting to know.
I wasn't aware of it last night and I do hear the trains but they do not drone on and on. There aren't any big wind turbines nearby. My thoughts were possibly the diary or more likely the water treatment plant, if the sludge is aerated overnight or other machinery based processes take place. It would be interesting to know. Indeview J Hudson
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