This week we’re working with Chelmsford City Council (CCC) to combat noise nuisance as part of Noise Action Week.
As part of the week - which is co-ordinated by Environmental Protection UK and takes place from Monday 18th to Friday 22nd May 2015 - staff from CCC and our Tenancy Services team will be visiting communities throughout the city which have become ‘hot spots’ for noise nuisance complaints.
Throughout the last year we - along with the council - have received and responded to over 1,000 noise complaints ranging from loud music and televisions to excessive dog barking.
According to figures published by the Environmental Protection UK the cost of investigating each complaint can vary from £130 to £7,000.
“The aim of the week is to educate people on how to be responsible neighbours as we believe everyone has the right to enjoy peace and quiet in their own home. We’d urge residents to remember that sound carries, especially in the evening or during the summer months when your windows may be open,” said Tenancy Services team leader, Jon Cowie.
“Housing associations, mediation services and the police are also frequently involved in resolving noise disputes - so this represents a huge amount of time and money. Preventing noise problems is much cheaper than curing them and is better for everyone,” added Jon.