- Category: Pollution
- Last Updated: 01 February 2017
Information and advice on preventing noise pollution
The Council has powers to reduce noise levels in response to complaints. As well as complaints from commercial activities, complaints are also received from domestic properties.
Noise problems may arise from many different sources. Examples of the most common noise complaints include:
- domestic noise from DIY, car repairs, loud televisions and music systems;
- loud music from a bar or a club;
- noise from a factory or other business premise; and
- construction site noise.
Noise which may affect people in their homes and which could become a "statutory nuisance" should be avoided wherever possible. This could result in legal action under the Environmental Protection Act 1990; Section 79.
If you experience a noise problem, you may wish to make a friendly approach to the person(s) responsible, explain the nature of the problem and seek their co-operation in resolving the matter. In many cases noise problems can be resolved in this way.
However, this informal approach may not be successful. We recognise that you may feel unable to make a direct approach yourself and that in some circumstances such an approach could be inappropriate. We understand how annoying noise can be and we provide a service to help to resolve such problems.We can investigate a range of complaints concerning noise nuisance.
However, noise problems are not always the result of inconsiderate behaviour. Some homes have poor sound insulation and may not prevent even ordinary day-to-day 'living' noises being heard next door.
You can report a noise nuisance by contacting Health and Environment or telephone 01653 600666 ext. 256, 257 or 351.