I am going to use this week’s writing challenge to do something different, one of the suggestions being an open letter, to get a little something off my chest.
Dear Mr Hemphill
As you know, some weeks ago, your company , Liberty Life, started construction work at your Head Office, which happens to be directly opposite where I live.
You may recall that I also e-mailed you regarding the dreadful noise that goes on througout the night as a result of this project.
As you suggested, I contacted Pride Ndolvu and I was told that work with jackhammers and other power tools would stop at 10pm and that ‘quiet’ work would have to continue throughout the night. It is still a mystery to me how anyone can believe that any kind of construction work can be done quietly.
Not only do we have to endure this unbearable racket of this machinery in the evenings, even with doors and windows closed, but all through the night we now have to endure banging and clanging, and the sound of rubble being dumped into wheel barrows and skips.
I have begged and pleaded, shouted and screamed, marched down the road in the middle of the night in my dressing gown, dowloaded white noise apps, and attempted to sleep in my bath and still, here I am at 2.30am on Sunday morning, out of absolute exhaustion and frustration, forced to write this open letter to you on my blog.
I had always had a tremendous amount of respect for Liberty Life but now I see the company for nothing more than what it is – big corporate bullies with no common decency and respect for others or the city by- laws and building regulations.
I am sorry that, as I communicated with Pride, on numerous occassions, we were unable to work together in a cordial manner through the process of the rennovations to your building, as we were able to with SAPPI when they undertook a far larger project some years ago. They at least showed us a great deal of consideration by stopping work by 6pm.