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Ministry of Defence gives Shoeburyness explosion warning

9th September 2010
Ministry of Defence gives Shoeburyness explosion warning

Local MP Gordon Henderson has been warned by the Ministry of Defence that local residents on Sheppey might be affected by a temporary lifting of the self-imposed noise limits being operated at the Shoeburyness Range in Essex.

The warning came in a letter from Defence Minister, Andrew Robathan MP, who informed Mr Henderson that trials will be carried out between 9th and 17th September 2010 that may result in the site’s self-imposed limits of 125 dB and 40 dB above ambient noise levels being breached.

The trials are being carried out to meet an urgent requirement to improve protection for our troops serving in Afghanistan.

Mr Robathan explained:
“Given the vital importance of this activity in the context of these current commitments, I have, exceptionally, granted a waiver for the trials to go ahead.

“I must also stress that there is no question of the statutory limit of 140 dB being breached and if the noise generated by this trial is forecast to exceed 135 dB then it will not take place.”

Mr Henderson said:
“I appreciate that the proposed trial might cause a disturbance to some of the residents in the north and east of Sheppey, however, I hope that they will understand the unique nature of the situation and put up with any temporary disturbance.

“Of course, if anybody is seriously affected by the increased noise levels, I would be grateful if they would let me know so that I can pass the information on to the Ministry of Defence.”

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