We have recently moved to Rye and our house overlooks the A259 and the
Strand. We love it! But I could never have anyone for tea in my garden because
for the last couple of weekends we wouldn’t have heard ourselves speak because of the
unbelievable noise of motorbikers roaring to and fro.
As a newcomer, you could have knocked me down with a feather that anyone
could possibly put up with that level of decibels every time the sun so much
as showed her face. This encouraged me to stop and chat to fellow walkers as I was on
my daily dog walk, and I was staggered to learn that it was completely normal in the
summer and, that although people complained, nothing happened.
In fact, I was so amazed that I started to jot down peoples’ comments on
the situation as a testament to what everybody thinks. I attach some of those comments here, which I think make interesting reading.
March 5 2021 – Excessive Motorcycle noise: Comments heard and written down in the last fortnight
It’s been going on for years, and nobody does anything about it. My baby woke twice during her nap last Sunday. And her room is at the back of the house. I would never have bought my flat in The Strand if I had known. And (same woman)….. Years ago they fined noisy cars.
They (cyclists) change their exhausts for the MOT, and then change them back again after. They terrify my children. We’re moving. But we’ll never sell in the summer. Our representatives do not look after the people who pay/vote for them. It’s as sad as that. At weekends I wake and open one eye. If the sky is blue I curse.
It’s not just Rye. It’s all the roads and surrounding villages. Where do they all come from…..under stones! How is it that so few can adversely impact so many lives? They take the baffles out of their exhaust pipes. We shut our windows and doors in the summer, and it gets unbearably hot sometimes.
Where are the police ?
Where are the Police?? It’s a scandal!! The noise abatement laws are there but nobody enforces them. It’s not just the noise, it’s the speed. It’s terrifying and against the law. Last weekend they were all breaking Covid regulations as well. We are crying in the wilderness and no-one will listen. It’s just a scandal that we all have to put up with this shocking, shocking racket…..year after year.
If I had a gun, I would shoot their tyres! Physical and mental health can be badly affected apparently. If it was me in my car, I would be off the road by now…. (and his wife said)…. Some of the older one are charming and considerate. It’s the young ones that spoil it for all. The irony is that they are researching the proposal to up the sound-proofing of their helmets – that is more important than protecting the public!
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