Anti-Social Wind Chimes of Robsons Yard, Dover, Kent, England, UK

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John Latter on May 10, 2009

This photo was taken from my bedroom window in Robsons Yard Flats (a view from West Street), Dover, and shows a shed, complete with recently installed wind chimes, of my downstairs neighbour's backyard.

If you click on the photo to see a larger image, you'll notice there appear to be only three wind chimes, but this is because of parallax and there are actually six; the wind chimes are about a dozen feet away from my bedroom, ten feet away from my kitchen, and perhaps twenty feet away from the velux window in my lounge.

jenny portelli on May 17, 2009

Hi John,

I have the same problem, with exactly the same wind chimes hanging in my next door neighbours garden. I am currently trying to get my local environmental health dept to take some action but they seem reluctant. What are you doing?

John Latter on May 18, 2009

jenny portelli said:

Hi John,

I have the same problem, with exactly the same wind chimes hanging in my next door neighbours garden. I am currently trying to get my local environmental health dept to take some action but they seem reluctant. What are you doing?

Hi Jenny,

To be perfectly honest, it was upsetting to read that your "local environmental health dept ...seem reluctant" to do anything, because it doesn't give me much confidence that my local office may be any better!

Up until now, I've informed Southern Housing Group (SHG - they own my flat and the one with the wind chimes), started a discussion in a local Dover forum, and also taken a video and put it here on YouTube.

I'm not at all trusting of SHG because the wind chimes are just the latest example of the 'anti-social behaviour' that has been allowed to happen in Robsons Yard, literally for years.

In their latest letter, SHG spoke of the "alleged perpetrator", a phrase I'm not very keen on because I'm not making any allegations at all: I'm just saying, now that the loud music has stopped, the new tenant has installed wind chimes (almost certainly in 'revenge') which continue to make my bedroom "unfit for purpose" (as well as affecting every other part of my flat).

The forum discussion has helped, however, and not least because a number of other people have written about their own experiences. Additionally, I had a phone call from a local councilor (who had read the forum post) which took me completely by surprise. He told me about the Environmental Health people, but I haven't contacted them yet, partially because I'm exhausted by living here and also because I'm hoping SHG might be able to sort things out - and I certainly don't want to ask for help from anyone who is "reluctant" (mind you, that's an improvement on, "Not interested!").

The video is only 4 minutes long, its the first I've ever taken and the sequences were shot in less half an hour - I didn't want to hang around for the noisiest chimes that I could find because I begrudged wasting my time in this way.

The wind chimes are most noticable just after the 3 minute mark, but nothing like as noisy as they can be - no doubt there'll be other opportunities to record them, but I'm spending a lot of time outside of my flat and really don't want to be involved in this kind of situation.

I can only wish you well in your attempts to resolve the problem of your neighbour's wind chimes, Jenny, and I hope it's sorted out without recrimination - I also hope the wind chimes are the only thing you have to contend with!

John Latter / Jorolat

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John Latter on June 25, 2009

UPDATE: The anti-social behaviour tenant referred to above has now moved - fingers crossed that the next tenant will be more sociable!

Prior to the noisy tenant moving, the tenant removed the wind chimes and reverted back to loud music. Consequently, I uploaded another video (in addition to the one mentioned above) called, "Anti-Social Behaviour in Robsons Yard, Dover (UK)". Part of the (abridged) caption reads:

"...The anti-social tenant is so incensed about this [ie the removal of the wind chimes] that periodic bursts of loud music in the backyard are the result - along with the threats of my being beaten up, of course.

There is no such thing as a free lunch: the more psychological issues an individual has, the less natural their behaviour becomes.

The Golden Rule of Abuse is, "Accept what I give you or I'll dig deeper into my capacity for violence (what was once resolvable 'issues') and things will get worse!"

The downstairs tenant has followed this pattern all the way down the line: I'm 58 and my life is being affected by the psychological violence of a total stranger in an adjacent flat.

Pause for a moment and ask yourself what chance do you think you would you have of remaining emotionally unharmed if you were a toddler and were living, not in adjacent flat, but within the same set of walls of such a person...?

I have an interest in psychology and research a specific form of psychological trauma (the kind a horse experiences when it is 'broken') and I already know the answer.

Also see the Dover Locals topic about the subsequent loud music..."

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John Latter on September 27, 2009

Loud music has begun again so I've uploaded a new photo showing the interior of Robsons Yard at:

Anti-Social Behaviour, Loud Music at Robsons Yard, Dover, UK

and there's also a 1-minute video of the music on YouTube:

Anti-Social Behaviour: Loud Music at Robsons Yard, Dover, UK

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on May 9, 2009
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    by John Latter
    • Camera: PENTAX Corporation PENTAX K100D
    • Taken on 2009/05/10 06:45:28
    • Exposure: 0.020s (1/50)
    • Focal Length: 35.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/6.300
    • ISO Speed: ISO400
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash