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Noise Action Week
Next week is National Noise Action Week (May 22-26) and Cotswold District Council is urging residents to think about the effect unwanted noise can have on neighbours.
A recent National Society of Clean Air MORI poll found that 64% of people are disturbed by neighbour noise.
On average 44% of requests by the public to the Council's environmental protection team relate to noise. Nearly half of these complaints relate to noise from loud music systems, televisions and radios, barking dogs, slamming doors, DIY, parties and fireworks.
The environmental protection team investigates all complaints and resolves most of them by giving advice, but where necessary legal notices can be served requiring people to stop causing a noise nuisance.
For continuing nuisances, court action may be taken. Magistrates can hand out fines of up to £5,000 and in severe situations, the Council has the power to seize equipment used to make the noise.
Environmental Protection Manager Kate Bishop said: We would urge people to consider the impact of their activities on their neighbours. As a general rule of thumb if you can hear the noise outside your property it is too loud and should be turned down.
If you would like advice about noise problems check the council's website or phone 01285 623421 to speak to an officer.
: 19/05/2006 14:48:08
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