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Noise pollution

Noise is not the first thing that comes to mind when you think about pollution but it is becoming a growing problem.

But what is noise - it is unwanted sound. For instance what I think to be a reasonable sound level for my stereo you may find to be unacceptable; the time that my noisy parties go on to you may find unacceptable or the fact that my burglar alarm keeps going off because it is faulty you may find unacceptable.

If you have a problem with noise created by a neighbour the first and best thing to do is to go round and have a word with them about the problem…it may be that they realise that the sound is travelling and disturbing you.

If talking or mediation does not help then you do have the right to take formal action, this in most cases means contacting the local authority who can investigate complaints of noise from premises (land and buildings), vehicles, machinery or equipment in the street. Under sections 80 and 81 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 (as amended by the Noise and Statutory Noise Act 1993).

If you would like to seek further advice contact: Environmental Health on Tel: 01292 618222

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Last updated: 25 February 2016

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