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Kettering Council makes noise over health implications of nuisance

Published: Wednesday, 23rd May 2018

Kettering Borough Council is using this year’s Noise Action Week, from 21st to 26th May, to raise awareness of the effect of noise on health and well-being on local residents.

The Council will be increasing awareness on social media, visiting licensed premises and promoting the Council’s investigation service.

Noise is a leading environmental nuisance which can directly link to chronic health conditions such as, sleep disturbance, cardiovascular effects, poorer work and school performance, and hearing impairment. Noise is second only to air pollution as an environmental killer, affecting approximately 3,000 people a year in Europe!

Taking Action!

Kettering Borough Council deal with noise complaints such as excessive dog barking, loud music/TV, building work, unreasonable noise from licensed premises and various other unreasonable noise behaviour.

In the last year, we have used new powers to seize noise making equipment from half a dozen nuisance properties. Noisy perpetrators have been issued with 3 Criminal Behaviour Orders which, if breached, can result in 5 years imprisonment and an unlimited fine.

Reporting Noise Nuisance

Kettering is one of the few local authorities to provide an Out of Hours Response service for nuisance. You can contact our Noise Officer on Friday and Saturday nights between 6pm and 2am on 01536 416005. The Council also subscribes to the NoiseApp, which allows users to record nuisance noise details to help us take action. Residents can also report noise issues at www.kettering.gov.uk/noise

Cllr Ian Jelley, Kettering Borough Council’s Portfolio Holder for Environment, said:

“Noise nuisance can have a real impact on the health of the people of Kettering and their communities. The majority of neighbours we speak to don’t know that they are causing excessive noise. Noise Action Week is a great opportunity for us to raise awareness of this issue and we’d encourage anyone who is suffering from this to let us know.”

Shirley Plenderleith, Head of Public Services at Kettering Borough Council, said:

“Our Environmental Protection Team leads the way in using new powers given under the 2014 Anti-Social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act and are frequently approached for advice and guidance from authorities all over the country. We are always looking to embrace new technologies, and provide several options to help tackle noise nuisance across the Borough.”