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Campaign aims to end noisy neighbour issues

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: May 19, 2014

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COUNCIL chiefs and police bosses in Burton are coming together this week in a bid to tackle noisy and nuisance neighbours.

East Staffordshire Borough Council and Staffordshire Police will be working closely during Noise Action Week to urge residents to be respectful and tolerant of their neighbours.

The campaign is an annual opportunity to focus the attention of communities on the problems excessive noise can cause for everyone – at home, at work, when studying and during leisure time.

In Burton, the theme of the campaign will revolve around raising the profile of ‘responsible dog ownership’.

Philip Somerfield, head of service for regulatory services at the borough council, said: “Excessive barking is one of the most common complaints that the pollution team investigates each year. The importance of a happy, healthy dog is fundamental not only to its general wellbeing but can go a long way to preventing unnecessary barking.

“This in turn can minimise the risk of noise nuisance to neighbours.

“There is a wealth of practical information on East Staffordshire Borough Council’s website, which provides good advice regarding dog ownership and nuisance barking to both dog and non dog owners alike.

“Alternatively, people can contact the pollution team directly on 01283 508524 or email pollution.team@eaststaffsbc.gov.uk if they are affected by nuisance barking.”

Police chiefs in the town urged people to ‘behave respectfully towards their neighbours’ and allow them to enjoy their homes without noise nuisance.

Officers from Burton Police Station also stressed that ‘sometimes people need to be a little more tolerant’, but homeowners should not have to live with an ‘unacceptable level’ of noise.

Some top tips have been revealed to help put an end to noisy neighbours:

l People should not start DIY or gardening in the early hours of the morning;

l Warn neighbours about parties in advance and urge any guests to be respectful;

l Make sure music from cars or in houses does not disturb others; and

l Position the TV and speakers away from the wall connected to neighbours, and raise them up off the floor if possible.

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