Noisy Neighbours

Posted on : Feb - 25 By: Julian England

Music is found in every culture, both past and present. We connect and interact with it on a daily basis and use it to project our self identities to other people around us.
Music has wonderful therapeutic qualities which can be used to alleviate pain, enhance thinking and learning processes and trigger creative development within us all.
Music can evoke strong emotions ranging from sadness to joy and from insecurity to assuredness and I defy even the most steely hearted of you to not shed a tear to the old John Lewis advert with the “She’s Always a Woman” soundtrack.

Music definitely has charms to sooth the savage beast, but it always has the potential to create one.

Scotlands local authorities received over 55,000 complaints about noise nuisance last year. It is generally thought that these officially reported complaints form the small tip of the noise nuisance iceberg. Residence often fail to make an official complaint for a number of reasons, such as fear of reprisals or a lack of awareness of the complaints system.

Hearing is the guardian of our senses and has adapted to constantly monitor our environment for any sign of threat. Noise will therefore create constant arousal which can deprive us of quality sleep and have a tremendous impact on our health and well-being. The lack of consideration and understanding demonstrated by noisy neighbours can also add considerable fuel to the fire, resulting in uncharacteristic emotional outbursts towards them.Incidents of noise nuisance can have some very disturbing outcomes with the worse cases degenerating into suicide, violence or even murder.

In 1991 John Roach, 37 of Farnborough Hants was killed by his neighbour Eric Seall, 32, who was “driven mad” by the sound of his television turned up “very loud” day and night. Roach fell down a flight of stairs during a fight and fatally fractured his skull.

In February 1994 Valerie Edwards, 47, a charity worker from Romney Avenue, Lockleaze, Bristol, died of pneumonia after sitting in a park near her home for several nights in the cold and rain to escape the noise from her neighbour.

Please don’t be too alarmed. A vast majority of cases can be settled with a few polite words, but failing this, there are some important steps you can take to resolve the situation.

Firstly, always keep a record of the event in a diary listing the type of noise, the volume, the source of the noise and the time and date of the event.Any attempt at resolution should also be noted. Once you have a decent body of evidence to show the extent of the nuisance you can contact your local authority or council.

Within most councils, the environmental health department or city living department will have a dedicated contact for antisocial noise related issues. Some councils have a dedicated staff of Environmental Health Officers, who are able to issue warnings and on the spot fines to noisy neighbours who do not cease making noise. Failure to pay such fines can result in prosecution and a further £1,000 fine.

In Edinburgh we are very fortunate to have a Noise Team of 16 Environmental Health Officers who patrol the city between 5:15pm and 4am each day. These can respond to anti social noise very quickly.

There is also a noise response service in the City of Edinburgh with a 24/7 operation. If there is loud music or noise from neighbouring properties you can call 0131 311 3131 when the noise is happening. An officer will visit your property and if the noise breaches legally permitted limits, immediate action will be taken.

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Kind regards,

Julian England (Property Manager)