Blaby District Council is teaming up with partners as part of a national effort to tackle noisy nuisance neighbours.
The campaign not only urges residents to be tolerant of those they live close to, but also ask themselves “am I a noisy neighbour?”
In the past 12 months the council has received a variety of complaints about noise, including concerns about barking dogs, DIY, noisy TVs and music, parties, cars and house alarms.
Investigating noise complaints costs councils anything from £130 to £7,000 per complaint. This is not just a cost to the council – those affected by noise need to provide evidence to support investigations. Housing providers and police community support teams also tackle noise.
Blaby District Council is part of the Anti-social Behaviour Delivery Group, which is made up of local authorities across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland, and the police.
Joe Orson, county council cabinet member for safer communities, said:
“We want to encourage people to behave respectfully towards their neighbours and allow them to enjoy their homes without noise nuisance.
“However, we understand that households can be busy, lively and sometimes loud places with children, pets and DIY, so sometimes people need to be a little more tolerant.
“Asking yourself a question about your own noise levels helps focus you on what you could do to be a better neighbour?”
Superintendent Mark Newcombe the force’s lead on anti- social behaviour, said:
“At its worse, this type of anti-social behaviour can have a detrimental impact on a person’s quality of life and can leave them feeling unsafe or cause confrontational situations to occur.
“However, there are also times when the matter could be easily resolved with less confrontation if both parties spoke to each other first, especially if it is a one off event. If you are having a party then it is always a good idea to let your neighbours know in advance.
“We hope this campaign will encourage neighbours to be both more respectful and more tolerant when it comes to noise.”
The Anti-Social Behaviour Delivery Group has also produced a template for a letter which they hope residents can download and use to inform their neighbours in a positive, friendly way about their concerns.
This, as well as tips on dealing with the county’s “top six” noise complaints, is available at: www.leics.gov.uk/asb.
To report anti-social behaviour call the council on 0116 272 7677.
The police can be contacted on 101* or Crimestoppers, which is free and anonymous, on 0800 555 111.
*Calls to 101 from landlines and mobiles cost 15 pence per call, no matter what time of day you call or how long your call lasts.