Supporting neighbourhoods

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Supporting neighbourhoods

Annoyances and disturbances such as noise, smoke or odour can spoil our enjoyment of our immediate surroundings.

We always advise residents experiencing some kind of disturbance to try and talk to the person causing the disturbance directly; in most cases they have no idea they are causing a problem and promptly stop. Most people try to solve problems that occur with neighbours directly and this is the fastest and most successful way of resolving problems.

We have powers to intervene if a disturbance becomes a Statutory Nuisance or is being caused by ant-social behaviour. Statutory Nuisance is a legal definition under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 and whether a disturbance is bad enough to be considered a Statutory Nuisance will depend on the frequency, duration and character of the problem and how it affects the average person living in their home. Proving a Statutory Nuisance can therefore be a lengthy process and does require substantial evidence. This means we are rarely able to take formal action and is why we encourage people to resolve disputes  informally.

If you are interested in learning more about statutory nuisances please visit gov.uk's Statutory Nuisance pages.

Anti-social behaviour is defined under the Crime and Policing Act 2014 and if you are interested in learning more about antisocial behaviour please visit gov.uk's Anti-social Behaviour pages.

In this section you will find information on the most common types of neighbourhood disturbances and advice on how you can resolve the situation and how we can help you if you can't.

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