Reduction in noise complaints welcomed

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Wednesday, November 30th, 2016
michelle mcilveenEnvironment Minister Michelle McIlveen has welcomed the lowest number of noise complaints since 2005 recorded by district councils. Statistical Report ’Noise Complaint Statistics for Northern Ireland 2015-2016 shows that 10,754 complaints were received in 2015/16, compared to 11,951 the previous year, a reduction of 10%. Domestic noise remains the largest cause of noise complaints across the province, with 79% of noise complaints relating to noise from domestic premises. Of these complaints 41% relate to loud music, televisions and parties and 37% to animal noise.
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nov-22-2016-big-boxCommenting on the report, Environment Minister Michelle McIlveen said, “I welcome the figures showing that the number of noise complaints in 2015/16 reduced by 10%, and were the lowest number of complaints recorded since 2005. “Noise causes annoyance, stress, sleep disturbance and other serious conditions and can seriously affect people’s health. I commend the councils for their on-going work in tackling noise nuisance and encourage them to continue to make full use of powers available to them in addressing any complaints,” she added.
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nov-22-2016The report finds the second largest contributor to noise complaints to be commercial and leisure premises with noise from entertainment premises accounting for over half of the complaints in this category. This year noise in the street represented 5% of noise complaints with industrial and construction noise complaints each accounting for 2% of the total complaints received.
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