Pollution control - Noise
We are all familiar with noise -
from factories, construction sites, inconsiderate neighbours,
barking dogs and other sources. Some noise is inevitable - a part
of normal living, but it becomes a problem when it occurs too
early/too late, too often or is excessive.
Suffering from noise nuisance?
If noise from your neighbour or a
local business is becoming a problem, there are four steps you
should take before contacting the Council:
- identify the noise and when it disturbs you most
- talk to the source of the noise, explain that it can be heard
in your home, perhaps suggest that they come round and listen for
- suggest a solution; try to reach an agreement, such as a level
at which the noise is acceptable. Remember, try to be polite and
friendly no matter how much annoyance you may have suffered
- allow a reasonable time for the offenders to sort out the
problem once you have spoken to them
- If you are suffering from a noise issue out of hours you can
report it to Central Control on 01992 639561
Should you be unable to resolve the situation informally, please
keep a diary of when you are disturbed either in a notebook or the
the log sheets available here and contact the Council on email@example.com
or 01992 785511.
Are you noisy?
You may not realise that your household is noisy and it upsets
your neighbours. There are many ways to quieten things down - a bit
more thought about noise will often prevent complaints. Nobody
wants a major dispute with a neighbour or the possibility of legal
Is your premises alarm registered?
Many homes are now fitted with intruder alarm systems designed
to deter criminals from breaking in and stealing valuable
possessions. Problems can arise when the system malfunctions and
the alarm sounds continuously.
Further information is available on our House
and Intruder Alarms page.
Many vehicles are now fitted with alarms designed to deter
criminals from breaking in. Problems can arise when the system
malfunctions and the alarm sounds continuously.
The legal requirement for vehicle alarms is that they terminate
after five minutes. If this fails to happen the Council can
disconnect the alarm, but it is expensive, at least £120 and this
cost is passed to the vehicle owner. In some cases the
vehicle may be removed and taken to a place of storage, this will
create additional costs which will also be passed to the vehicle
owner and must be paid before the vehicle can be returned.