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Over 500 noise complaints across district made to council within past year

Thursday, 1 June 2017

MORE than 500 noise complaints were made to Derry City and Strabane District Council last year - and the problem is increasing, the local authority says.

The council is responsible for investigating all sources of noise complaints in the district and recent figures have revealed that a total of 554 complaints were made by residents last year.

The figures were disclosed by council as part of its support for an Environment Protection UK initiative that aims to reduce the financial and public health costs of noise pollution.

Noise Action Week, which ran last week, aims to raise awareness around the problems and solutions associated with excessive noise by promoting the message that prevention is better than cure.

In disclosing the number of complaints it received, the council also revealed that the bulk of reports stem from a wide range of sources including barking dogs, party noise, bird scarers, loudspeakers, construction works and noise from entertainment premises.

It is estimated that investigating noise complaints costs the council a minimum of 130 per complaint but in some situations and dependent on the investigation, that figure can rocket to 17,000.

Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Alderman Hilary McClintock, said there is a responsibility on everyone to be more conscious about the effects of noise pollution.

 

"I am pleased that council are backing this important campaign to raise awareness of the public health impact of noise pollution and the cost of the services frequently called on to deal with it," she said. 

"It is a growing problem and noise it is the most common complaint received by council who were made aware of 554 associated incidents last year.

"Preventing noise problems is much cheaper than curing them and I would urge everyone in the city and district to be mindful of their neighbours by being more conscious of the impact any noise they generate has on those around them."

The number of people bothered by neighbour noise rose by 17 per cent between 2002 and 2012, nearly half of people surveyed said their home life is spoilt by noise to some extent and one in five reported their sleep is disturbed by the problem.

Housing providers such as the Northern Ireland Housing Executive and PSNI are also frequently involved in resolving noise disputes making it a significant drain on public resources, a council spokesperson added.

Details on how to report noise pollution in the Derry City and Strabane District Council area is available by emailing ehealth@derrystrabane.com.

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