Could the mystery of the 'Holmfield hum' that has plagued residents be solved?

The source of a hum which has affected residents in an area of Halifax for more than a year may be narrowed down to one of three sources, councillors are hoping.

By John Greenwood - Local Democracy Reporter
Monday, 24th January 2022, 8:58 pm
Updated Monday, 24th January 2022, 9:00 pm
Frustrated residents who have complained about the Holmfield hum
Frustrated residents who have complained about the Holmfield hum

For well over a year Holmfield residents have been plagued by a low humming sound, which they have said impacts on people’s physical and mental health including lack of sleep, headaches, ear pain, stress and anxiety, among other things.

The ongoing noise had a disturbing impact on people’s mental health, councillors heard, and a petition and a Facebook page have outlined the negative impact it has been having on people.

Resident Nicky Kelly, at this month’s Cabinet meeting, said she was following up her question asked at Cabinet in October 2021, where she was told investigations were ongoing.

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That had been followed by a meeting with councillors and environmental health officers in November.

“Can Cabinet advise what further investigations took place, what were the results and the outcome of the meeting?” she said.

Cabinet member for Public Services and Communities, Coun Jenny Lynn (Lab, Park) said some progress had been made.

“I can tell you at this stage that we believe that there are three possible sources of noise nuisance, which are in the process of being investigated.

“We continue to respond to any specific complaints at Holmfield or anywhere else because we have a duty to do that.

“The work is ongoing and officers are in touch with everyone who has expressed concern,” she said.

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