Swansea couple claim ship is destroying the peace of their dock-side home
A SWANSEA couple claim the peace and quiet of their dock-side home is being shattered by a ship.
Margaret Debuf and her husband Anthony retired to a Coastal Housing apartment in Harbour Quay in SA1 12 months ago, looking forward to a quiet life.
However, such notions were rudely cast aside when a huge sand dredger returned in the dead of night.
Mrs Debuf, a 65-year-old retired Smith Crisps worker, said: "The noise and lights are terrible."
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She also said that the vessel berthed right outside her balcony.
"I have to keep my curtains closed, there's no privacy," she said.
"We were led to believe that a new marina was going to be built here and that the sand dredger would be gone.
"When it goes out it could return at any hour, you never know when.
"We weren't told about this, I wouldn't have moved in otherwise.
"I love it here but for the ship.
"All I'm asking is for the ship not to dock there."
Mrs Debuf said the situation was impacting on herself and her 69-year-old husband.
She said: "When you are 65 plus you need your sleep, if not you become the biggest grouch on the planet."
Mrs Debuf said she believed the majority of her neighbours were just as aggrieved if not more so.
A spokeswoman for Coastal Housing Group said it was unaware of the problem.
She said: "Coastal's social housing apartments in Harbour Quay in Langdon Road were completed last year and occupy a unique waterfront location overlooking Swansea Harbour.
"The apartments were highly sought after, and tenancies were filled up immediately on release because of the opportunity to live in affordable accommodation in an area with such views across the harbour.
"We do not have a record of our tenant Mrs Debuf contacting us with concerns about living at this location.
"We always listen to our tenants' concerns, but in this instance we have no control over the activities that take place on the harbour.
"We will be contacting Mrs Debuf in the coming days to discuss this matter."
Swansea Council said the matter of developing the dock area lay with the Welsh Government, which failed to respond for a request to comment, as did the owners of the vessel.