Argyll and Bute Council is getting involved in Noise Action Week which runs between the 20 and 25 May. People across the area are being encouraged by the environmental health team to take action to reduce neighbourhood noise. You can find out more in a new leaflet available on the council’s website http://www.argyll-bute.gov.uk/planning-and-environment/neighbourhood-noise-complaints .
According to the Noise Action Week organisers, Environmental Protection UK, nearly two thirds of people are bothered by noise from neighbours and one in ten people are kept awake at night by noise.
Lead Councillor for Planning and Regulatory Services, Sandy Taylor, said, ““Neighbourhood noise is a type of anti-social behaviour which can cause significant stress for people and often lead to problems between neighbours. Excessive noise can sometimes adversely affect the health of those subjected to it.”
There are some simple, cheap measures that can be taken by everyone to prevent noise problems such as:
- Ensuring alarms are correctly installed a regularly serviced
- Carrying out noisy DIY and gardening tasks when they are least likely to cause least disruption such as in the middle of the day
- Playing music quietly
- Avoiding shouting and banging doors
- Ensuring pet noises are minimised
- Using household appliances responsibly
- Minimising noise from cars, especially in the early morning or late evening