Scotland’s justice minister has weighed in on a debate over noise control regulations following an incident involving a commercial deep fat fryer.
Cabinet secretary for justice, Kenny MacAskill, is investigating the country’s noise control laws after two Edinburgh constituents complained that sounds from a chip shop fryer were causing their homes to vibrate.
Heather O’Neill and Aitzaz Malik said that noises from St Andrews chip shop in the city were creating a continuous, low-level vibration that was having a “catastrophic” effect on their lives.
According to the Edinburgh Evening News, the noise generated by the chip fryer’s fans have been measured by the city council and found to be within the laws.
However, after further complaints MacAskill has begun his own inquiry into the “constant droning” sound he said the pair had been forced to live with.
The paper added that he was seeking guidance from counterparts in environmental affairs on national noise control legislation.
“I have written to my ministerial colleague asking for clarification on the national noise levels set under current legislation,” he was quoted as saying. “Meantime, I am conscious that my constituents are living with a constant droning noise and I am seeking to resolve matters for all concerned.”
The brand of fryers used by the chip shop has not been disclosed, but one of the complainants said that noises from the chip shop were creating a “buzzing, vibrating sensation” within their home.
Harem Murdochy, owner of the chip shop, told the paper that it had entered into mediation talks with the pair and done everything it could to minimise noise from the fryer.
“There’s nothing in the shop that’s old or broken and we are also planning future renovations,” Murdochy told the paper. “We’ve even had the fryer fan changed and rubber put round the pipes leading from it. Of course, there will be some noise when you have the amount of machinery that we have in here.”