We are all affected by noise in some way or another in our every day lives, whether it be traffic disruption, a dog barking or simply having a conversation with someone. It’s certainly true that the issue is never out of the news for long; just recently, police in Lancashire threatened to seize cars after people living near the Capitol Centre in Walton-le-Dale contacted police complaining about noise nuisance from the unauthorised Preston Car Cruise meetings. And whether you rent or own your home, anti-social and unhealthy noise in your community is one of the most stressful and upsetting forms of noise pollution around.
Did you know that it’s Noise Action Week this week?
From 18th to 23rd May 2015 neighbourhoods, local authorities, housing providers, mediation services, community support teams and others are supporting this annual event to raise awareness about how noise impacts on people’s lives, right across the UK.
Reasons to bring noise disruption to the attention of the masses include:
- Noise nuisance in the UK is drastically under reported,
- Noise is an indicator of public health; used to inform government policy in England,
- The number of people disturbed by neighbour noise increased by a shocking 17% over the period between 2002-2012,
- Exposure to loud music is risking over 1 billion young people’s hearing worldwide,
- For each noise complaint a council investigates it can cost anywhere between £130-£7k!
- By preventing noise, instead of reducing it, through education and awareness programs such as these saves tax payers money in the long run.
A serious issue for hundreds of thousands of people living throughout the UK, noise nuisance takes many forms, including:
- Domestic noise, e.g. loud music,
- Animal noise, e.g. dogs barking,
- Pub, restaurant or club noise,
- Car/Intruder alarms,
- Construction site noise,
- General noise, e.g. aircraft noise, train noise, etc.
Don’t forget that noise is defined as a form of anti-social behaviour, so if you are directly affected or know someone else who is you can do the following:
- Keep detailed records of the noise nuisance (As this will be needed as proof if you decide to report it to your Council/Environmental Health Department/Landlord.)
- You should always attempt to resolve the problem informally before taking higher action, so to begin with try mediation. (Information on this can be obtained from your local authority or from Citizens Advice.)
- If that doesn’t rectify the situation, contact your local council who will take action against noise nuisance that’s having a negative effect on your health.
- You may be able to get your landlord to take action, as landlords and housing providers have additional powers to deal with noise problems that arise in rented property.
- You can also take action yourself, by taking out your own statutory nuisance action. This is known as ‘Section 82 Action’ which involved the aggrieved party making a complaint direct to the magistrate’s court. However, there are risks involved in taking your own action so we would advise that you seek legal advice for this option.
Ainsworth Lord Estates is proudly supporting this event, as we more than understand the importance of reducing the impact of noise on health in East Lancashire.
Want to get involved? Well simply visit http://www.noiseactionweek.org.uk/ today!