Neighbours, parties and noisy animal tops list of Derry noise complaints

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Noisy pets, loud music and rowdy neighbours disturb people in Derry more than any other noises, the latest noise complaint report reveals.

Animal noise topped the list of complaints received by Derry City Council in the year 2011-2012.

Of a total of 332 noise complaints last year, 141 related to animal noise, 126 to loud music/parties/television and 29 to “other neighbour noise.”

Derry City Council served five notices in relation to noise but no one was prosecuted in relation to any of the complaints.

Across the north a total of 12,193 complaints were received by district councils during the period April 2011 to March 2012, compared with 11,585 the previous year - a 5.25% increase.

Environment Minister Alex Attwood has emphasised that more needs to be done to address noise.

“Noise is an issue which I take very seriously. There is no doubt that nuisance noise can badly affect people’s health and well being, children particularly. To this end, I want to see less noise and more peace of mind.

“As with previous years, domestic noise is the major culprit and this is something that can, in the main, be avoided, especially those complaints relating to loud music/televisions and parties.

“This is one of the reasons that the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act (Northern Ireland) 2011 was enacted. It gives district councils greater powers to deal with noise from domestic premises at night, and I strongly urge all district councils to make full use of all the powers available to them to deal with persistent offenders.”