Council vows to tackle soaring noise nuisance

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Coun Andrew Thornton Coun Andrew Thornton

More than seven people a day are making official complaints about nuisance noise in Bradford.

In the last year there was a nine per cent rise in calls to Bradford Council about irritating rackets, with noise from factories and rowing neighbours topping the list of gripes.

And the local authority has said it will not shy away from prosecuting those who refuse to quieten down.

Of the 8,010 complaints made to the local authority between April 2011 and March 2014, the highest number came from residents on the streets surrounding the busy Thornbury gyratory, new figures reveal.

Other noise niggles included people reporting dins from homes, businesses and licensed premises, domestic alarms, barking dogs and construction work.

The figures, requested by the Telegraph & Argus under the Freedom of Information Act, show the 11 neighbourhoods which have made the most complaints to the Council’s noise team over the past three years.

And the local authority said that there was a nine per cent increase in 2012/13 to 2013/14.

Topping the list in Thornbury was noise from industrial premises, which accounted for more than half of the 53 complaints there.

In second place, with 49 complaints, was a neighbourhood in East Bowling, between Wakefield Road and Bowling Park, where the majority of complaints stemmed from noise from domestic properties.

The third most reported place for noise complaints was at the junction of two main roads – Manchester Road and Mayo Avenue – with more than three-quarters of the 48 complaints down to noise coming from other people’s homes.

The Council’s executive member for environment, Councillor Andrew Thornton, said the number of complaints made to the authority varied “considerably” year on year.

“No-one should have to put up with noise disturbing their everyday life,” he said. “We treat every complaint very seriously and try to solve them informally where we can, but where this is not possible, the appropriate legal remedies will be sought.

“We won’t shy away from prosecutions if our warnings are ignored.”

Of the 8,010 complaints made to the Council, 4,489 complainants were given a diary to record evidence of nuisance noise, but only a quarter, 1,101, of these diaries were completed and returned to the authority.

Environmental health officers made 3,222 visits to investigate noise complaints, sending a total of 1,146 warning letters to perpetrators.

In cases where a ‘statutory nuisance’ was proven, noise defined in The Environmental Protection Act 1990 as a “nuisance or prejudicial to health,” 179 Abatement Notices were served, 16 of which led to legal action.

Any individual who ignores an Abatement Notice can be fined up to £5,000, rising to a maximum of £20,000 for a business.

The Council teamed up with Incommunities, the district’s biggest social housing landlord, last week during national Noise Action Week to urge tenants to report any noisy neighbours.

“Noise Action Week was very successful with around 50 customers coming along to see us,” said an Incommunities spokesman.

“Noise nuisance is the most frequently reported form of anti-social behaviour, and we take all reports extremely seriously to ensure our customers can feel safe and enjoy living in their homes.

“Where appropriate, we work closely with the Council to deliver a joint response, and where noise issues continue we will seek Court Orders.”

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7:21am Tue 27 May 14

Albion. says...

Some of the worst offenders are those who have pounding music in their cars. It's bad enough outside, but inside must be really rattling their already minuscule brains.
Some of the worst offenders are those who have pounding music in their cars. It's bad enough outside, but inside must be really rattling their already minuscule brains. Albion.
  • Score: 17

8:01am Tue 27 May 14

collos25 says...

They do not have any brains they are completely brain dead and just think they are in charge of a deadly weapon.
They do not have any brains they are completely brain dead and just think they are in charge of a deadly weapon. collos25
  • Score: 10

8:39am Tue 27 May 14

mad matt says...

Cars with noisy 'bucket' exhausts, car music centres with a higher power output than the engines, quad bikes and beach buggies that always seem to emerge on a nice warm, dry evening, high powered motorbikes being thrashed round the streets - I'm sure everybody is sick of all of them!
Cars with noisy 'bucket' exhausts, car music centres with a higher power output than the engines, quad bikes and beach buggies that always seem to emerge on a nice warm, dry evening, high powered motorbikes being thrashed round the streets - I'm sure everybody is sick of all of them! mad matt
  • Score: 18

9:38am Tue 27 May 14

momomomo says...

Council are a joke.. They're more insistent on proving the nuisance ISN'T a nuisance rather than actually doing anything about it..
Council are a joke.. They're more insistent on proving the nuisance ISN'T a nuisance rather than actually doing anything about it.. momomomo
  • Score: 8

10:08am Tue 27 May 14

Apollo says...

Where are the Council at weekends when most of this takes place?
Where are the Council at weekends when most of this takes place? Apollo
  • Score: 9

10:24am Tue 27 May 14

999 number of the beast says...

In my area a lot of the loud music parties are held by migrants who according to Labour are here to work . How is that possible when the party runs for two days non-stop!
Tighten up all immigration would be a start and get rid of the useless police who seemed to be more interested in protecting these shysters.
In my area a lot of the loud music parties are held by migrants who according to Labour are here to work . How is that possible when the party runs for two days non-stop! Tighten up all immigration would be a start and get rid of the useless police who seemed to be more interested in protecting these shysters. 999 number of the beast
  • Score: 5

9:46pm Wed 4 Jun 14

Idleman says...

I have lived next to an Industrial site in Idle for many years and have not had a problem until three years ago when an illegal stone yard was allowed to operate from the site. The noise levels have been immense and have adversely affected our lives. We are also concerned about the dust generated by their activities which are known to be harmful to health. After a prolonged period of time spent trying to get Environmental Health to take appropriate action they seem to have been more preoccupied with hushing things up to allow them to continue without any restrictions. We keep being told we're the only ones to complain about it but then we discovered other residents have been led to believe that everything was legitimate and there was nothing they could do about it. We were initially given the same impression by the planning and environmental health authorities but it is far from the truth. Things are not always what they seem. There are things going on behind the scenes and if you try to stand up against it and do what's right you often stand alone. But as John Wayne said " a man's gotta do what a man's gotta do" and same goes for a woman!
I have lived next to an Industrial site in Idle for many years and have not had a problem until three years ago when an illegal stone yard was allowed to operate from the site. The noise levels have been immense and have adversely affected our lives. We are also concerned about the dust generated by their activities which are known to be harmful to health. After a prolonged period of time spent trying to get Environmental Health to take appropriate action they seem to have been more preoccupied with hushing things up to allow them to continue without any restrictions. We keep being told we're the only ones to complain about it but then we discovered other residents have been led to believe that everything was legitimate and there was nothing they could do about it. We were initially given the same impression by the planning and environmental health authorities but it is far from the truth. Things are not always what they seem. There are things going on behind the scenes and if you try to stand up against it and do what's right you often stand alone. But as John Wayne said " a man's gotta do what a man's gotta do" and same goes for a woman! Idleman
  • Score: 0

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