Increase in Derry noise complaints

The number of barking dog noise complaints recieved by Derry City Council jumped from 139 in 2012/13 to 171 in 2013/14.

The number of barking dog noise complaints recieved by Derry City Council jumped from 139 in 2012/13 to 171 in 2013/14.

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The number of noise complaints received by Derry City Council (DCC) during the period of April 2012 to March 2013 increased by 7.8 per cent for the same period for 2013/14.

In a report published by the Department for the Environment (DoE) on Friday, the number of people complaining about noise in the DCC area rose between 2012/13 to 179 in 2013/14, in contrast to the North as a whole.

One of the most significant rises locally was the number of people complaining about animal noise.

In 2012/13, 139 complaints were made to DCC about animal noise but that figure jumped to 171 for 2013/14.

As a result of the findings DCC acknowledged the increase in the number of barking dog complaints and indicated that they will address the issue through their responsible dog ownership strategy.

The number of complaints received by DCC about noisy television, parties or music also increased from 75 to 80.

In 2012/13 eight complaints were made to DCC about noisy entertainment premises whilst in 2013/14 that figure increased to 11.

Throughout the North, the number of noise complaints reduced by 2.3 per cent from 12,142 in 2012/13 to 11,865 for the same period in 2013/14.

Speaking to the Sunday Journal, Minister for the Environment, Mark H. Durkan, encouraged people to be more considerate.

“This year again, domestic noise is the largest cause of noise complaints with loud music, television and parties being the major reason for complaint within this category.

“Noise is a serious issue that can seriously affect our health and wellbeing and interfere with our daily lives. I would ask everyone to be mindful of the impact their behaviour may be having on their neighbours, fellow citizens and community.”