Unfortunately, more and more UK race circuits are becoming subject to noise curfews and limited to fewer and fewer days. And it’s all thanks to the ‘Not In My Back Yard’ brigade. It would seem that people buying houses next to race circuits, don’t like the sound of motor racing. Because these aren’t circuits that are only just being built, oh no. Most of them have been there for donkeys years, some for over a century. So to start complaining about it now is, if you ask me, pretty bad form. So if there are any race circuit NIMBYs reading this, for the sake of humanity, please listen to what I’ve got to say.
Don’t buy a house next to a race circuit
Come on, you knew it was there, didn’t you? It was probably there before the house was built. And there’s a good chance that you got a stonking deal on it because of the fact that every now and then, if the wind’s in the right direction, you can hear the bikes or the cars going round. If you’re the type of person that can’t stand the sound of people enjoying themselves, don’t buy a house next to a race circuit.
If you’re desperate for absolute silence, buy a house where there’s no pubs, no railways, no roads, no wildlife, nothing. Imagine the fun you’d have there.
Put some music on
But if you do live in a house where there’s a bit of noise coming from a race circuit a mile or so away, why not pop a bit of music on to drown it out. Making some noise of your own really is very easy to do. You could even get some headphones so that you don’t have to bother anyone else with your music; after all, we all know preventing noise pollution is very high on your agenda.
Maybe you don’t like music (I wouldn’t be surprised, what do you like?). But that’s no problem. There are loads of other things you can listen to on the wireless. You’re local radio station is bound to have talk shows that invite miserable members of the public on to moan about one thing or another, because they’ve got nothing better to do. That’d be right up your street, wouldn’t it? You might even find something else to get wound up and complain about as a bonus!
Get a life
Rather than complaining about things all the time though, you’d probably be better off just getting a life. Instead of sitting in the house all weekend crying about the sound of a few bikes, why not get out the house and do something? Find yourself a new hobby. Go out hiking. Buy a canoe. Visit a museum. Anything to give your life some value.
Whilst you’re out having a life, enjoying your new found hobby, you won’t have time to even think about the noisy race circuit that used to spoil your serene Sundays. Because we all know that it’s only ever the people that don’t have a life of their own that complain about other people enjoying themselves. Race circuit NIMBYs included.
Stop being so selfish
If you don’t want to get a life, and you’d rather be a boring, miserable old so-and-so, that’s your prerogative. It’s also your loss. But just because you’re not one for enjoying yourself, doesn’t mean the rest of us aren’t. And doing your utmost to spoil everyone else’s fun is nothing short of selfish. Does a bit of background noise really cause such a massive problem? Does it really ruin your life? I would suggest the answer to both of them questions is a big fat ‘no’.
So stop being so selfish and wind your neck in. Put your petition forms in the recycling bin and find something to complain about that isn’t going to ruin other peoples weekends. Is it really too much to ask?
Of course, nobody is forcing you to live next to a race circuit. If you really hate it that much then you could always move house. Sure, moving house isn’t cheap, but isn’t life tragic. And anyway, you’re the one that can’t bare to live near a race circuit. You’re the one that’s desperate for some peace and quiet.
And look on the bright side, I’m sure some local rag would love to run a big image of you on the front page with a face like a slapped arse with an article about how you were ‘forced’ out of your home. Even though you quite clearly weren’t forced out of anything; you just bought a house and decided you didn’t like living in it. It would be like buying a house on the coast and complaining about the seagulls. Or a house above a pub and complaining about drunkards. Come on you race circuit NIMBYs, have a word with yourself.