Don’t risk falling out with your neighbours or even getting music equipment confiscated because of loud noise.
This is the message coming from West Oxfordshire District Council during Noise Action Week, May 19th to 23rd.
Visitors to the Council’s Town Centre Shop in Witney will be able to get the low down on the harmful effects of excessive noise from a display. A free ‘Sound Advice’ Guide will be available with some handy tips on how to be a considerate neighbour and avoid unnecessary disturbance to others. The Guide is also online at www.westoxon.gov.uk.
Central to the display will be some hi-fi equipment recently seized by the Council after a resident breached a noise abatement notice. The notice was served when the occupier of a flat failed to ignore officers’ advice to reduce the level of noise from her hi-fi, which was affecting nearby residents late into the night.
Cllr David Harvey, Cabinet Member for Environment, said: “We want people to enjoy their music but also to be considerate to others as excessive noise can seriously impact on people’s health. If anyone is being disturbed by loud noise they can contact the Council’s environmental protection team who can give advice and investigate complaints. At first every effort is made to resolve problems informally, but if a noise disturbance persists legal action will be taken.”
Last year the Council received 242 reports of noise which required investigation. A third of these complaints were for loud music, followed by barking dogs (17%) and noise from people. Other sources of complaint included: factories, DIY, cockerels, car repairs etc…
Contacting the Council’s Environmental Protection team can either be online at: www.westoxon.gov.uk or by telephoning 01993 861020.
Noise Action Week is a national campaign promoted by the Environmental Protection UK (formerly NSCA charity. It aims to promote awareness about noise problems and provide practical solutions. Further information can be found on the noise action week website, www.noiseactionweek.org.uk.
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