Kettering Council takes Noise Action Week by the Ear
Kettering Borough Council is using this year’s Noise Action Week to focus on the health implications and impact on local residents living with noise nuisance.
This year, Noise Action Week runs from 20th – 25th May, to raise awareness of the cost of noise to the health and wellbeing of communities and individuals, coordinated by Environmental Protection UK. Kettering Borough Council will launch a social media awareness campaign, visit licensed premises, speak with residents and promote the Council’s investigation service.
According to the World Health Organisation, noise is a leading environmental nuisance and public exposure can directly link to chronic health conditions. Noise is second only to air pollution as an environmental killer, affecting approximately 3,000 people a year in Europe. WHO refer to noise as an underestimated threat which can cause health problems such as, sleep disturbance, cardiovascular effects, poorer work and school performance, and hearing impairment.
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 two years, we have used new powers to seize noise making equipment from 8 nuisance properties. This has led to 4 Criminal Behaviour Orders against noisy perpetrators which, if breached, can result in 5 years imprisonment and an unlimited fine.
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 find out more about reporting a noise issue 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