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02 June 2011:~ Recent complaints of night time noise~~

Posted by Micro Update Ltd on June 2, 2011

Following email recieved from Craig Jamieson, Manager of the Sunlight Laundry:

Hi Les,

Following up from previous emails received, we have carried out a blanket inspection of all vehicles at site (Ref the reversing bleepers), basically we have found one rogue vehicle with a reversing sensor that would not turn off when the lights in the vehicle where switched on.

The mechanic has just finished fixing this issue we are also investigating putting some form of rubber strip on the loading bay, so when a vehicle tail lift is lowered it will not result in metal on metal contact and therefore should be a lot quieter.

We will keep you informed of the progress and i just wanted to keep you and fellow residents informed, and also to show that we are being pro-active in resolving these issues.

Kind regards

Craig Jamieson

General Manager – Newton Abbot

Sunlight Textile Services

Healthcare Division

The Sunlight Service Group Limited – A subsidiary of Berensden PLC.
Incorporated in England, company registration no. 228604.
Registered office: 4 Grosvenor Place, London, SW1X 7DL.
P Consider the environment – do you really need to print this email?

Office: 01626 882 992

Fax: 01626 882 993

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06 MAY 2010: ~ THE END IS NIGH

Posted by Micro Update Ltd on May 6, 2010

We are nearly there now. Phase 2, the final phase, commenced this week as promised by the Management.

The roof has been completed and all that remains now is the chimney stack.

This will result in a vast improvement. It is just a shame that this condition was not insisted upon at the time of the Planning Application, and left to the taxpayers to arrange with the Company. All involved Councillors and ??Planning?? Department officials should be sent back to school and re educated for a more productive career, – preferably after a week in the Stocks and a good horse whipping. 

Progress can be seen live by clicking the following link:


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Phase II painting to commence:

Posted by Micro Update Ltd on October 3, 2009

03 October 2009:


The following email was recieved today from the General Manager at Sunlight Laundry, Paul Pearson:~

I trust you are well.

I was planning to email on Monday coming as the scaffolding starts to be constructed then.
We expect preparation to start immediately thereafter and painting to be underway in the course of the next few days.
If you have any further queried then please do not hesitate to contact me. I will in turn continue to keep the residents informed through the appropriate channels.
Kind regards
The BlotCam webcam showing the Aller Vale area and the laundry will hopefully be back on line for viewing on Sunday 4th October 2009 – subject to permissive weather! This will enable viewers to follow the progress of the painting preprations and completion minute by minute.
To view the camera on your computer double click this link:

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Result of Vote forwarded to Laundry Management

Posted by Micro Update Ltd on August 12, 2009

Dear Mr. Pearson and Mr. Roberts, (Sunlight/CLS Laundry)
Following on from your suggestion to offer to Residents the late choice of using the Phase 1 colour paint on the Phase 2, I put it out to a vote among the registered Residents.
The result is now in and by a narrow choice of 29 : 24, it is in favour of using the light brown colour used in Phase 1 with same texture i.e. Matt.
Hopefully this information will enable you to commence with final arrangements to begin Phase 2.
Could you please advise me when you reach that stage?
Best regards,
Les Edgecumbe.

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Posted by Micro Update Ltd on August 11, 2009

At the latest meeting with the Laundry Management they commented that the Phase 1 choice of colour had been well received and that it may be that the residents may wish to consider completing Phase 2 in the same colour,as opposed to their original choice of ‘Topiary Green’.With this in mind I have done my best to contact all residents who are either registered with me on E-mail or attended the Public Meeting and signed in, as these are obviously the only ones that I have contact details for.

The closing date for voting was 10th August 2009 midnight.

No house numbers are shown for privacy reasons, but are on record in my file and open to audit.

The voting was as below; abstentions are not recorded/counted.

1 J. CURTIS                     ADDISON ROAD V STEER                              ADDISON ROAD
2 L CURTIS                      ADDISON ROAD J STEER                               ADDISON ROAD
3 A HAMLYN                  ALLER PARK ROAD PA WARD                            ALLER PARK ROAD
4 E HAMLYN                   ALLER PARK ROAD S E WARD                            ALLER PARK ROAD
5 D CLARKE                     ALLER PARK ROAD C BRYANT                           ST LUKES ROAD
6 J KENN                          ALLER PARK ROAD L COWIE                              ST LUKES ROAD
7 B REDDING                   ALLER PARK ROAD G COWIE                             ST LUKES ROAD
8 D BOWLES                    ALLER PARK ROAD J DAVIS                              ALLER PARK ROAD
9 DM BOWLES                ALLER PARK ROAD G DAVIS                             ALLER PARK ROAD
10 G GLANVILL               ALLER PARK ROAD E CHELLEY                        ALLER PARK ROAD
11 R GLANVILL               ALLER PARK ROAD D CHELLEY                        ALLER PARK ROAD
12 T COUSINS                  ALLER PARK ROAD D MILLER                           ALDER CLOSE
13 MR P ROCK                  ALLER PARK ROAD S JOHNS                            ALLER PARK ROAD
14 MRS  ROCK                  ALLER PARK ROAD A JOHNS                           ALLER PARK ROAD
15 G MACEY                     ALLER PARK ROAD B WILLS                             ALLER PARK ROAD
16 H MACEY                     ALLER PARK ROAD M WILLS                            ALLER PARK ROAD
17 H BECK                         ALLER PARK ROAD A BAMFORD                     ALLER PARK ROAD
18 T BECK                         ALLER PARK ROAD A JONES                            SILVERWOOD AVENUE
19 J HAWKINS                ALLER PARK ROAD S GARNER                        ALLER PARK ROAD
20 M HOGG                      ALLER PARK ROAD S GARNER                        ALLER PARK ROAD
21 B HUNT                       ALLER PARK ROAD H RITSON                         ALLER PARK ROAD
22 C HUNT                       ALLER PARK ROAD DM KENNARD                  RIDGEWAY ROAD
23 E WILLIAMS               RIDGEWAY ROAD MR RUMBLE                     RIDGEWAY ROAD
24 P WILLIAMS               RIDGEWAY ROAD MRS RUMBLE                   RIDGEWAY ROAD
26   MR ABBOT                        RIDGEWAY ROAD
27   MRS ABBOT                      RIDGEWAY ROAD
28   MRS WALES                     RIDGEWAY ROAD
29   L EDGECUMBE                 ALLER PARK ROAD

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Meeting 10th June 2009…

Posted by Micro Update Ltd on June 11, 2009

A meeting was held at the laundry today. Present were Mr. Jonathan Cooper (Engineering Director), Mr. Paul Pearson (Laundry General Manager), Councillor Gordon Hook and, Les Edgecumbe (Resident). Items discussed were: 1) Schedule for Phase 2 painting of roof and chimney,

2) Request for samples of the Topiary Green chosen by residents to ensure accuracy,

3) Explanation of why only recently steam has been emitted from the chimney stack,

4) Re request notice of impending steam tests, and explanation of any inadvertent steam emissions,

5) To re-establish agreed line of communication which have ceased since departure of the previous Manager Mr. Chris Foulkes.

All points were discussed and full details will be posted here when there is fuller information available (Mr Cooper is going to contact us later with dates). Briefly line of communication have been re-made and our contact is now Mr. J Cooper. He has agreed to supply panels which demonstrate the colour of choice prior to giving the green light to the painting operation. They are already in contact with their contractors.

Fuller details will be posted just as soon as they arrive.

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Cllr Hook and Laundry Managers to meet…

Posted by Micro Update Ltd on June 5, 2009

Cllr Hook and Les Edgecumbe are due to meet with the laundry management next week to re establish the previous lines of communication, which had evaporated on the departure of the Manager Chris Foulkes. We shall be meeting with Mr Jonathan Cooper and Mr Paul Pearson. The main subject will be the Phase 2 painting project. This covers the roof and chimney stack of the building. The residents choice of colour was ‘Topiary Green’, which I have a sample of and will present to the Management with a hope of seeing some samples before they arrange the actual painting.
More details will be posted after the meeting. If you have any questions/comments you would like brought to their attention both myself and Cllr Hook will glady do this.

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Cllr Gordon Hook re-elected

Posted by Micro Update Ltd on June 5, 2009

Gordon Hook retained his Devon County Council seat at yesterdays election. Congratulations.

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08Jan09 night steam emmisions noise

Posted by Micro Update Ltd on January 10, 2009



I believe that you have a contact with the CLS manager and I would appreciate if you could pass on my displeasure to him, I had an appointment in Penzance this morning but I have canceled that as I do not feel safe driving there and back without any sleep not only a danger to myself but other road users especially under the present road conditions.
Every five minutes throughout the night the valves were vented and did not stop until around 7am this morning no doubt when someone who knew what they were doing arrived at work. I appreciate that there is probably or at least I hope there is a fault with the valve what I do not understand why the fault was not shut down straight away and would like an explanation from them.
For a few pounds I can get details of all the directors and secretaries of Sunlight from Companies House along with their addresses and contact numbers and unless I get an assurance that any future faults will be dealt with straight away and not let to go on all night I will contact each and every person listed at the same intervals as the valves going off.
Whilst I am happy with all the progress that has been made with the company this sort of thing can cause a big set back.
Being self employed it has cost me money by having to cancel my meeting and unless I can get an assurance from the company as to their future dealing with faults at night I will instruct my solicitor to recover my looses from the company.
I am sorry to sound so bitter but that is how I feel at present.
Bleary eyed
Holger =======================
I am currently on the Isle of Wight covering for sickness of 2 senior members of staff but I have spoken with Paul Pearson at Newton Abbot who says that they are aware of the problem and are dealing with it. We are asking Zurich who handle the legal and insurance position on the boilers to raise the pressure at which the safety valves start to lift to avoid this problem in the future. I will keep you aware of progress on this aspect.
Please can you apologise to the resident as we do wish to be a responsible member of the local community.
The problem was not one we could have foreseen and could have advised.
Will contact you soon over progress.
Chris Foulkes General Manager, Sunlight Laundry==============

Dear Mr Edgecumbe,
Thank you for alerting my colleagues at our Newton Abbot factory to the overnight noise that has occurred recently.  May I first apologise for the disruption that we may have inadvertently caused.  To explain in brief, we have two steam boilers on site, and one boiler is used to operate the plant with another on stand-by.  For maintenance purposes, we have this week changed to using the stand by boiler as the lead boiler and have encountered an unforeseen problem.
The team on site have today made some adjustments to stop any repetition with the stand-by boiler, and these adjustments will be verified by our insurers (statutory for pressure vessels) and myself early next week, and hence I expect no further overnight problems during the working week as of Monday.
May I also add, that we are in the process of implementing a plan for scaling back the overnight operation which will significantly reduce the risk of “nuisance” in our immediate environment.  This plan should be fully implemented over the coming month.
I hope this answers your query, and again I can only apologise for this unfortunate occurrence.  If I can be of any further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Jonathan Cooper
Engineering Director
Linen Services
Dear Mr Cooper,
Thank you for your email with the explanation of events over at the laundry a couple of nights ago. I will pass this on to residents immediately.
For clarification can you please confirm that once the new safety lift levels of both boilers is set to the new parameters that bar an accident or test procedure that this sort of emission should not recurr. A new relationship/era is beginning with the laundry and we residents wish to maintain this as much as your management do.
Best regards,
Les Edgecumbe.=================
Dear Mr Edgecumbe
I can confirm that under normal operation there should be no problem with the safety valves, and as I stated yesterday, when the adjustments have been made there should be no further unplanned lifting of the safety valves, particularly overnight.
I will confirm to you when I am satisfied that we have completed the necessary adjustments for a permanent solution.
Jonathan Cooper
Sunlight Textile Services
Linen Division===============

Hi Les
I appreciate what id being said but why can they not shut down once the problem  arises instead of letting it go on for hours during the night as I have said before they must be insured for business interruption which will cover it.
In a message dated 09/01/2009 14:14:47 GMT Standard Time, writes:

09Jan09  14:10
Thank you for your email, just received. I have forwarded it on to residents.
It is a great shame that this has occured when things seemed to be getting so much better, and it is to be hoped that a solution will indeed be found to prevent a repetition.  This has been the explanation previously, so is it an on-going matter, and if so why is it taking so long?

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What is “The Blot on the Landscape”

Posted by Micro Update Ltd on December 24, 2008

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