Noise Action Week to highlight unwanted sound

noise action week

Published Thursday, 19 May 2016

The Borough Council’s Environmental Health Service will be raising awareness of the impacts of noise and action that can be taken to prevent noise problems.

Noise Action Week is an annual initiative organised by Environmental Protection UK, the environmental protection charity supported by pollution control professionals.

Noise is unwanted sound; whether too loud, intrusive or just at inappropriate times. Noise affects people differently but it has been linked to insomnia, irritability and stress. 

Under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 the council can investigate complaints made about noise if it is causing a nuisance. Not all noise made by a neighbour that can be heard within a neighbouring property is going to be one that can be investigated by the team. Normal domestic noise like hoovering and lawn mowing, although noisy, are part and parcel of domestic living (unless the activities are being undertaken at unreasonable times).

Last year the council received over 580 noise complaints which was a slight improvement on the 600 complaints received the year before. Complaints received ranged from loud music and barking dogs to burglar alarms and noise from commercial premises.

During Noise Action Week everybody is urged to:

  • Consider the noise they make and the effect it may have on others
  • Consider the noises that disturb them 
  • Use practical solutions to everyday noise problems
  • For more information please visit our Noise Action Week page

Last updated: 19/05/2016 18:00