Over 750 noise complaints were made to the City of Lincoln Council last year, the authority has revealed.
It got a variety of complaints from deafened Lincolnites, from barking dogs to DIYers.
May 23-27 is Noise Action Week across Britain. The council is advising residents on noise management. It offers the following tips:
- Turn the stereo down a little bit, move speakers away from partition walls and avoid having music on loud in one room but listening to it in another or outdoors;
- Turn your music or TV down as the evening goes on – most people will reasonably expect more quiet during the evening than the day;
- A barking dog is often a bored or lonely dog. If it’s exercised and stimulated then it’s less likely to bark excessively. If the dog is indoors then perhaps leave a radio on quietly for it;
- If you are having a barbeque or spending time in your garden, think about how much noise you are making, particularly in the evening. It’s surprising how loud other peoples’ voices sound in the evening;
- Be reasonable about what time and how often you do D.I.Y or mow the lawn.
A 2008 survey found that two-fifths of Britons feel noise nuisance affects their quality of life.
Simon Colburn, Environmental Health and Anti-Social Behaviour Manager at the City of Lincoln Council, said: “Noise Action Week is all about raising awareness of the problems that excessive noise can cause and also about thinking about the noise we make and what we can do to reduce it.
“We’d like people to consider and communicate with their neighbours in the first instance. For example, if you’re having a party, let your neighbour know. This means they are less likely to find the noise a nuisance and complain.
“However, if you do have inconsiderate, noisy neighbours, the council can help, along with housing associations and other organisations.
“If you have a noise problem then it’s important that you speak to somebody about it – don’t suffer in silence. In the first instance try having a polite word with your neighbour or the person making the noise. If that doesn’t work contact the City Of Lincoln Council on 01522 873249. If you are a council or housing association tenant then you should contact your housing officer in the first instance.”