Public apology after noise complaints

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A FURNITURE maker has apologised to residents for noise disruption caused by its factory upgrades.

Morgan Furniture, based in Clovelly Road, Southbourne, near Emsworth, is working with the council, acoustic engineers and the equipment manufacturer in an effort to reduce noise levels caused by its factory’s new extraction systems.

It was installed in August and replaced the 30-year-old system.

It was hoped the equipment, used to extract wood chippings and sawdust from the factory, would be cleaner and quieter.

Rodney McMahon, managing director, said the factory had to comply with strict standards.

He said: ‘We take our environmental responsibilities very seriously. I apologise to local residents for the current noise and disturbance which is clearly quite unacceptable by those standards.’

Options are being explored, including acoustically screening the plant.