Simple steps to deal with noisy neighbours

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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.

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4:30pm Tue 20 May 14

manta51 says...

What total, complete and utter tosh.

Having been forced out of my home after almost 20 years by a family who were installed next door by an unsympathetic council (not CDC I hasten to add) this piece makes light of a life changing situation.

Being made to feel unsafe in your own home, not wanting to return to your home of two decades, being woken at 4 in the morning by someone trying to kick in your front door, and listening to the screams of their children cannot and should not be belittled in a meaningless piece like this.

Shame on you.
What total, complete and utter tosh. Having been forced out of my home after almost 20 years by a family who were installed next door by an unsympathetic council (not CDC I hasten to add) this piece makes light of a life changing situation. Being made to feel unsafe in your own home, not wanting to return to your home of two decades, being woken at 4 in the morning by someone trying to kick in your front door, and listening to the screams of their children cannot and should not be belittled in a meaningless piece like this. Shame on you. manta51
  • Score: 12

9:02pm Tue 20 May 14

Olly Cromwell says...

Can we turn down the volume on this patronising drivel from Tory-led Cotswold District Council?

...oh, but why use a pic of Susie Clark reading one of my posts to illustrate this article?
Can we turn down the volume on this patronising drivel from Tory-led Cotswold District Council? ...oh, but why use a pic of Susie Clark reading one of my posts to illustrate this article? Olly Cromwell
  • Score: 3

10:08am Wed 21 May 14

ciren001 says...

I have it off to a tee now, 7 years of having to politely explain to my new set of RAU students that they live in a residential street with families who have worked hard to purchase the houses that they are adjacent to as neighbours and please can they park their 10 or so vehicles sensibly, sort the rubbish out properly and please keep the noise down when they decide to have a house party. Also reminding them that keeping chickens in the garden or beagle pups that are being weaned in the garage overnight is not a good idea.
I will leave you to decide whether the polite requests have any effect.
I will also leave you to decide whether the owners give a ****
I have it off to a tee now, 7 years of having to politely explain to my new set of RAU students that they live in a residential street with families who have worked hard to purchase the houses that they are adjacent to as neighbours and please can they park their 10 or so vehicles sensibly, sort the rubbish out properly and please keep the noise down when they decide to have a house party. Also reminding them that keeping chickens in the garden or beagle pups that are being weaned in the garage overnight is not a good idea. I will leave you to decide whether the polite requests have any effect. I will also leave you to decide whether the owners give a **** ciren001
  • Score: 8

6:25am Thu 22 May 14

Col Mustard says...

Lets hope we dont compound this drivel like Nottingham who are getting plastic policeman (CPO's) handing out leaflets on the subject door to door..
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Presumably as Noise Action Week ends on the 24th , you will be able to make as much noise as you want ! Forget the Police they now don't deal with that just call the Services Team at CDC ( closed at weekends and after 5:00pm Monday to Friday)
Lets hope we dont compound this drivel like Nottingham who are getting plastic policeman (CPO's) handing out leaflets on the subject door to door.. https://mobile.twitt er.com/SafeNottm/sta tus/4692349158052495 36/photo/1 Presumably as Noise Action Week ends on the 24th , you will be able to make as much noise as you want ! Forget the Police they now don't deal with that just call the Services Team at CDC ( closed at weekends and after 5:00pm Monday to Friday) Col Mustard
  • Score: 1

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