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16 October 2013, 13:10
People who live on the western side of Southampton Water say a mystery droning noise is driving them crazy.
Noise experts are now investigating the low-frequency sound that is driving residents in places like Hythe, Fawley and Dibden Purlieu mad.
People have been plagued by the noise for months, with some sleeping with family and friends miles away to avoid the racket that starts around 10pm.
New Forest District Council is trying to find the cause of the noise that has led to some people needing sleeping tablets. A spokesperson said:
"Within the last week we have received approximately 10 complaints relating to a low-frequency noise in the Waterside area."
"The complaints refer to the noise similar to that of a low-frequency drone, which has been occurring during the night for several months.
"Due to the large amount of heavy industry processes along the Waterside area, the Environment Agency and New Forest District Council Environmental Health teams are now working together to establish the source of the noise.
"Out-of-hours monitoring is to be carried out as part of the investigation.'
"If you are affected by the noise, please call the Environment Protection line on 023 8028 5411, option 2, during office hours or the Environment Agency incident hotline on 0800 80 70 60 (Freephone, 24 hour service)."