EVERY year an estimated 500,000 people across the UK move because they are fed up with their neighbours excessive noise from early morning DIY to late night rows.

This week is Noise Action Week and Cotswold District Council's principal environmental health officer Gupti Gosine said there are some simple steps to take to try and head problems off before they become serious issues.

“Noise is essentially sound that disturbs, irritates or annoys us as opposed to some sound can soothe us and make us feel better – like birdsong or the seashore," he said.

"It’s important for us all to understand the negative impact that noise can have on our health, and how this can be reduce by being more considerate."

Gupti offered the following tips which he said could help ease those neighbourly headaches.

It may be possible that the sound insulation in your home is very poor, causing you to be disturbed by the sounds of everyday living next door. Approach your neighbour and explain politely that you are being troubled by the noise.

"You may find this difficult, but often people are unaware that they are causing a problem. Most will be glad to do what they can to reduce noise. However, approach the matter carefully if you think your neighbour might react angrily to a complaint.

When the noise is louder – such as the barking of dogs, loud music or TV, shouting, banging doors and DIY activities, remain polite when approaching your neighbour and explain what is causing you concern. Try to make them realise that their noise is excessive and should be reduced – or perhaps, you could come to an arrangement that they carry out noisy jobs when you are not indoors.

If you have already tried to deal with noise and the problem persists contact the Neighbourhood Services Team at Cotswold District Council on 01285 623000.