Noisy neighbourhoods to be targeted in Northampton during awareness week

Noise Action Week is being supported by Northampton Borough Council.
Noise Action Week is being supported by Northampton Borough Council.

A week aimed at raising awareness of noisy neighbourhoods is being supported by Northampton Borough Council after it was revealed the authority received nearly 2,000 sound complaints last year.

National Noise Action Week is due to run from Monday, May 18, to the following Monday, May 25, and will see local authorities across the country holding events to highlight how excessive noise can affect lives.

As part of the campaign Northampton Borough Council is urging people to keep sound levels down and asking anyone regularly affected by it to call 0300 330 7000, or email ehealth@northampton.gov.uk.

The complaints received by the authority from people negatively affected by noise rose from 1,690 in 2000/01 to 1,984 in 2014/15.

A spokesperson for Northampton Borough Council said: “People don’t always realise that the noise they are making is causing a problem to others.

“Usually asking them to keep the noise down is all that is needed, but if the problem persists or gets worse we can help.

“Last year we issued 650 official warnings and 11 Noise Abatement Notices.

“We get most of our calls about noise nuisance during the summer months so the timing of Noise Action Week provides us with a good opportunity to remind people to be considerate of their neighbours and keep noise levels down.”

For more information about noise nuisance and what to do visit www.northampton.gov.uk/noise.