Swansea Sand dredger owner speaks out
THE owner of a sand dredger accused of spoiling the peace and quiet of a retired Swansea couple's dock side home has issued a statement on the situation.
Margaret Debuf and her husband Anthony, who retired to a Coastal Housing apartment in Harbour Quay in SA1 12 months ago, have complained that their lives are being interrupted by the ship operating at all hours.
Mrs Debuf, a 65-year-old retired Smith Crisps worker, said: "The noise and lights are terrible."
She also said that the vessel berthed right outside her balcony. "I have to keep my curtains closed, there's no privacy," she said.
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However, Malcolm Lawer, Lafarge Tarmac's estates manager, pointed to the fact the ship was doing nothing wrong.
He said: "Swansea Wharf is very much a commercial working dock and has been since it was built in 1852. The timing of our operations is influenced by the tide, so it is sometimes necessary to work outside daytime hours."