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Mysterious noise around Nairn ‘an absolute nightmare’

By Donald Wilson

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MYSTERY continues to surround a continuous noise residents in a wide area around Nairn say they have been suffering for several years.

Culloden and Ardersier councillor Glynis Campbell-Sinclair said that she has received many complaints from residents in her ward about the “pulsating” sound they say is making their lives intolerable.

“As a member for these areas I have investigated fully, but frankly it remains a mystery,” she admitted.

“I can only surmise that it must be something to do with recent developments in the area.

“I have visited homes myself and these are very real complaints. I’ve heard it for myself.

“As a council we have carried out tests by our environmental health department but we can’t pin down where it’s coming from.”

She mentioned recent factory expansions and major new sewage works as possible causes while stressing again there was no evidence this was the case.

“I’ve done everything I can,” she said.

“We’ve had our staff at the council and SEPA (Scottish Environment Protection Agency) investigating, but I just don’t know how some of these poor souls live with this.

“You can’t avoid the noise and it’s having a terrible impact on their wellbeing.”

Retired Gollanfield couple Blan and Robert Bremner are among those who say they have been affected by the noise since 2018.

They say it reverberates night and day.

“It’s an absolute nightmare,” Blan (67) said. “We are getting tortured in our own house.

“It’s a low frequency pulsing noise and it’s incessant.

“My husband thinks it could come from an electricity substation and it’s also been suggested it could be coming from as far away as Invergordon. We just don’t know.

“One of our neighbours a couple of fields away hears a droning pulsating noise all the time too.

“We can’t even go into our caravan at the bottom of the garden because of the noise.”

Mr Bremner (69) said: “We have lived here for 30 years but it was only about three years ago we began hearing this noise.

“It’s affecting our health. We have headaches and I have nose bleeds.

“We go out most days because we don’t want to be here.”

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