Barking mad over pet noise

People in Derry are being driven barking mad by noisy pets, new figures reveal.

Derry City Council received a total of 159 complaints about noisy pets between April 2010 and March of this year - that’s more than three complaints every week.

The figures, outlined in the Noise Complaint Statistics for Northern Ireland 2010-11, show noisy dogs were the most frequent cause of complaint for people living in the city.

Derry City Council received a total of 384 noise related complaints last year - during which the local authority served two prosecution services.

A total of 137 complaints were made because of loud music/television/parties - the second most common cause of noise related complaints. Other noises which gave cause for complaint include pubs and clubs, noisy vehicles and construction work. Environment Minister Alex Attwood says local councils should step up their efforts to drive down the level of noise nuisance. He says new legislation expected to come into force next year will help local authorities.

“We must not lose sight of the need to continually work together to reduce the levels of complaints down further.

“To this end I welcome the anticipated introduction of the Clean Neighbourhood and Environment Act (Northern Ireland) 2011 in Spring 2012.”