Frustrated residents to get equipment to monitor explosions

FRUSTRATED residents are set to get monitoring equipment installed in their properties to assess the impact of the Shoeburyness explosions.

Homeowners have called for noise limits to be changed after claiming explosions at the MoD test site in Shoeburyness, run by Qinetiq, have damaged homes.

The site is 14 miles away, across the Colne and Blackwater estuaries, but residents in St Osyth and Jaywick claim vibrations damage properties.

Qinetiq has told St Osyth Parish Council the explosions were within the 125-decibel regulations, but parish councillors say the basis of the “self-imposed” limit needed to be tested.

Clacton MP Douglas Carswell previously called on residents to log damage with photographic evidence and to send their complaint the MoD Defence Estates in Waterbeach, Cambridge.

Mr Carswell said he has now persuaded the Ministry of Defence to scientifically re-assess the noise and vibrations, and to give the task to an independent organsiation.

He said defence minister Anna Soubry has now confirmed that a number of property owners in the Clacton area are due to get monitoring equipment installed by Southdowns Environmental Consultants.

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