12/18/2014 08:12 EST | Updated 02/17/2015 05:59 EST

Westmount ends negotiations with SNC-Lavalin

The City of Westmount is ending direct negotiations with SNC-Lavalin after having been in talks since the spring over noise complaints at the McGill University Health Centre Superhospital.

“Westmount says it has been receiving noise complaints for months from people who say the ventilation system at the hospital is so loud they can't sleep,” said city councillor Christina Smith.

"They have known since the end of June that this is a major issue with our residents, as has the MUHC. We don't have a solution yet and we need a solution. That's why we've taken this approach."

The city met with SNC several times to find a solution, but says it hasn't worked.

Now Westmount is asking Quebec's Minister of the Environment to step in and help.

“Hopefully we'll be able to move this issue forward. I know SNC is working to find a solution to the problem, but we don't have one yet and we need assurances that we are going to have this very soon. This is disrupting the lives of people in the neighbourhood,” said Smith.

A statement released by the City of Westmount says the noise created by the MUHC is much higher than the City of Montreal bylaw permits. 

"The City of Westmount agrees with its citizens that this problem has been allowed to continue for far too long and that it is essential for all parties to recognize that the current noise levels are not only unacceptable, but are in contravention of the relevant law," reads the statement.

Westmount is waiting to hear whether the Environment Ministry will help them negotiate with SNC.

SNC-Lavalin would not comment but said they are meeting with their experts.