Archive for February, 2012
Excess noise is a growing problem for thousands of UK homeowners. The walls, doors, ceilings and floors of many new-build properties are simply unequipped to prevent noise from making an impact, whilst there are certain people who simply have no regard for their neighbours.
Within the past few days it was reported in the Daily Mail that a set of noisy neighbours in Newcastle are up in court after local residents complained about them regularly playing songs by Shania Twain until 3.30am in the morning. They also allegedly sang songs through the letterbox of their next door neighbour and posted flowers through it. At one stage the noise created resulted in the light fittings shaking in the flat underneath.
After receiving numerous complaints about the…
When you buy a home, own or rent a flat you have a responsibility to keep the noise down as much as possible to avoid getting into conflict with your neighbours. A loud TV or stereo system, barking from your pet dog or just talking loudly indoors with friends and family can all be enough to drive those who live next to or around you to distraction.
You only need to type the words ‘noisy neighbours’ into any of the major online news outlets to see how much of a problem excess noise is in UK neighbourhoods. This week alone consists of headlines such as the below:
The Welwyn Hatfield Times: ‘Police swoop on noisy neighbour
Jarrow & Hebburn Gazette: ‘Noisy neighbour’s turn to face…
When you go to University one of the main incentives for doing so is the social side of things, making friends, partying etc. But at the end of the day the ultimate aim is to achieve the best possible grade so that you can go on and find a job in the profession which most takes your fancy.
A recent survey conducted by Universities UK and GuildHE has found that six out of ten students at Nottingham University say the worst thing about having to share accommodation with their fellow students is the noise created. The last thing anybody needs when they are about to underway with an important assignment is to be disturbed by the chatter or music created by others.
It should serve…
The hustle and bustle of everyday life often brings with it many disadvantages. Noisy neighbours, loud traffic noises, fireworks, the sirens of the emergency services, the list of noisy distractions goes on and on. Unfortunately not all of us can live in homes which are secluded and away from the main roads and noisy neighbours, so we need to be proactive if we want to prevent noise invading the home.
There are a number of soundproofing products available that can help to block sound and prevent noise from the outside world entering into your property or office. Soundproofing materials are available in many guises from soundproofing walls, floors, doors and even curtains so a solution can be found…
As a result of a sharp increase in the number of people complaining about noisy neighbours, Home Secretary Theresa May has announced plans to introduce a “Community Trigger” scheme later this year.
The pilot scheme will allow police and local authorities to act upon anti-social behaviour such as excess noise if a total of five people from homes in a neighbourhood complain about noise deriving from a nearby property.
Ms May believes the scheme is essential in contemporary Britain:
‘It’s too easy to overlook the harm that persistent anti-social behaviour causes.
Many police forces, councils and housing providers are working hard, but I still hear horror stories of victims repeating the same problem over and over again, and getting no response,’ she said.