Immigration debate: Problems with the neighbours

WE are writing in response to the article concerning migrant workers. Since January 2005, we have had to put up with foreigners living next door to our terrace house in Wisbech. The first group who lived next door to us played music all through the night,

WE are writing in response to the article concerning migrant workers.

Since January 2005, we have had to put up with foreigners living next door to our terrace house in Wisbech.

The first group who lived next door to us played music all through the night, and despite being told by the agency renting the property that they could speak English, we could not get them to turn it down. We phoned the police and were told: "There's nothing we can do, phone the Environmental Health Department", but they were not open between 2-5am.

Then, in January 2006, a new group of tenants moved in. They were fine for a few months until they decided to turn their back garden in to a car workshop. They not only work on the cars, they also spray paint them, which leaves a nasty smell in the air for hours and means that we cannot use the garden or have washing out.


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They have had numerous vehicles come into their garden and worked on. They also have cars all around in the courtyard that is shared by about ten houses, blocking other people's access . When they have finished working on these cars, they then sell them down Lynn Road in Wisbech.

We have been in touch with Fenland District Council about the vehicles on several occasions and they eventually sent an officer round to look at the situation. They told the people to stop doing the work on cars, and a man claimed he had only done two cars, despite the fact we had photographic evidence that he had worked on many more which we passed to the officer. We spoke to this officer and he told us that there wasn't really anything they could do accept 'advise' them to stop doing the work.

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Mr and Mrs S HARWIN, via email

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