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Action week focusses on noisy neighbours

Noise Action Week BadgeIt may be passing quietly ….or not – but this week is Noise Action Week (May 18 – 23 2015).

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.

cllr Joe Orson
Cllr. Joe Orson

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?”

Supt. Mark Newcombe
Supt. Mark Newcombe

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.

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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.

Community Groups in Blaby District Helped by Council Grants

A new round of funding is available for community groups in Blaby District wanting to expand or develop their activities. 

If your group is based in Blaby district, and benefits people in the district, you may be eligible to apply for a Blaby District Council community grant.  Community Action Partnership administers the grants programme on behalf of the District Council and three schemes are now available:

  • Revenue grants up to £500;
  •  Capital grants up to £5000;
  •  Staying Healthy Grants up to £1000.

The grant programme aims to support a wide range of community groups. Last quarter, 14 groups shared £19,855.00 in funding. Grants were given for a variety of projects including refurbishing basketball courts; a tree-house project; kurling equipment and a pilot scheme to show the health benefits of horse-riding.

Priority is given to groups that have not been awarded a grant within the last three years and that focus on the District Council’s key objectives of Children & Young People, The Environment, Safety, strength & health of the community and deliver Valued Public Services within the community.

Applications for the community grants are accepted quarterly and the next deadline is 24th February 2012. There is still over £30,000 available in grants for this final quarter.

For more information, or to request an application pack, please contact the Community Support Organiser at Community Action on 0116 2727669 or email community@cabd.org.uk  You can also learn more by attending a grants drop-in at The Pavilion in Huncote on Tuesday 7th February between 7:00 and 8:30pm, or Braunstone Civic Centre on Friday 10th February between 2pm and 4pm. No appointment necessary.