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Borehamwood Times Review of the Year - July
9:00am Saturday 28th December 2013 in News
In July, the future of a music festival was put in jeopardy over fears it would create excessive “noise pollution”.
Neighbours were concerned Folkstock festival, due to be held in Aldenham Country Park in Dagger Lane in September, would be disruptive and cause a nuisance well into the night.
But organiser Helen Meissner defended the “peaceful” event, saying she had paid £2,000 for a sound report to ensure noise would not disrupt residents living nearby.
Also in July, tributes to a couple killed by a train were “tastelessly and disrespectfully” painted over.
Charleigh Disbrey, 15, and her 18-year-old boyfriend Mert Karaoglan, were killed at Elstree & Borehamwood station in June.
To remember the “happy” couple, their friends painted an eye-catching mural at the Red Road bridge, using music notes for talented singer Charleigh and a chequered theme for Mert.
Mert's friends were disgusted when they visited the site to pay their respects and found the mural had been painted over.
Meanwhile, residents were left at a "complete loss" after overflowing bins were left unemptied for five weeks.
People living in Grenfell Close in Borehamwood were unable to use their recycling bins after Hertsmere Borough Council bin men said they were contaminated and refused to empty them.
The eight brown bins that serve the block of flats soon overflowed, scattering rubbish everywhere.
Residents contacted the council repeatedly to get the waste department to clear the problem but had their requests ignored.
Later in the month, householders accused Tesco of “abusing” them after it failed to warn them about repair work that went on into the early hours of the morning.
Neighbours in Whitehouse Avenue in Borehamwood had their Sunday afternoon “ruined” when Tesco in Shenley Road started resurfacing the car park without warning.
Dust, the smell and the “horrendous” noise from the machines, forced those enjoying the sun in their gardens inside.
The car park resurfacing began at 4pm and finished about 3am.
Hertsmere Borough Council officers visited the scene and ensured the contractors stopped. Tesco apologised for the inconvenience.
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