Noise Action Week

What is Noise Action Week?

noise action week

Noise Action Week will take place from 22 to 27 May 2017 and our Environmental Health service will be raising awareness of the impact of noise throughout the borough. This year the focus will be on noise created when we use our gardens.

Hopefully we will have some good weather this summer. Everyone loves to get out in the garden when the weather is fine to enjoy a barbeque, to do some gardening or simply to relax. However there are many sources of noise that can potentially cause nuisance to neighbours. Last year we received over 700 complaints about noise. Many of those complaints related to noise generated outdoors by domestic premises and their occupiers.

What you can do

How to prevent noise problems when using your garden:

  • Planning a garden party or barbeque? Warn your neighbours or even invite them. Give them your contact number or ask them to call round if the noise begins to bother them. Arrange a sensible finishing time and stick to it
  • Avoid playing music outside. If you play music inside to hear in the garden, consider that it may be loud enough for your neighbours to hear and if it is, turn the volume down. Every now and then walk around the boundary of your property to check that noise is not escaping which could cause a nuisance
  • Avoid the use of lawnmowers and power tools at times that are likely to disturb your neighbours peace and for extended periods

What is the aim of Noise Action Week?

Noise Action Week aims to raise awareness about neighbourhood noise and the solutions available to tackle it. It gives everyone involved in managing noise problems the opportunity to focus public and media attention on the difficulties excessive noise can cause for us all.

During Noise Action Week everybody is urged to:

  • Consider the noise they make and the effect it has on others
  • Consider the noises that disturb them
  • Use practical solutions to everyday noise problems

Noise can cause disruption and distress to everyone and can have a detrimental effect on health and wellbeing.

How to make a complaint

If you want to complain about a continuing noise issue, please refer to report a noise problem.

Last updated: 11/05/2017 15:10

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