Residents fume over noisy alarm

Caption: Kuils River Civic Association chairman Isaac Jenecke has been pressing the City to silence a noisy alarm that he says is keeping Voelvlei residents awake at night.

The City has issued a written warning to a books-storage company over a wailing alarm that Kuils River residents say has been giving them sleepless nights for months.

The alarm is going off in the middle of the night and is apparently triggered by birds.

Residents of the Voelvlei area complained once again to the City on Friday October 8 about the alarm, which they say goes off constantly between 8pm and 2am.

The book-storage company is in the nearby Sacks Circle Industrial area.

Residents have been complaining since July, according to Kuils River Civic Association chairman Isaac Jenecke, who says the alarm sounds like a siren.

Zahid Badroodien, the mayoral committee member for community services and health, said the City was dealing with the complaint.

Despite emailed queries and reminders, the company had not responded to Northern News queries at the time of writing.

Northern News also followed up with a phone call to the company but was put on hold until the line went dead.

Dr Badroodien said birds were triggering motion sensors inside the company’s warehouse, according to a facility manager.

“A warning letter has been issued to the facility and recommendations have been made. The facility in question has advised that certain steps are being considered and a follow-up visit is planned after October 19.”

The City could prosecute or fine the company if the noise nuisance persisted, he said.