The Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) collects data on local authorities’ noise enforcement in England and Wales. With the advent of the 19th International Noise Awareness Day - #INAD; Noisedirect examines the results of the latest CIEH Annual Noise Survey of local Councils.
For most people the first source of help should be the free statutory service provided by their local Council, yet only 0.6% of the population actually complain to their local Council about noise nuisance.
Noisedirect analysis of data from the CIEH Annual Noise Survey 2012/13 found:
- Out of 348 Councils only 46% responded to the survey;
- Councils received a total of 194,501 noise complaints between 2012/13;
- The single largest group of complaints was 85,977 from single family homes;
- Only 34,243 residential noise incidents were confirmed as potentially actionable;
- In 5,533 cases of statutory nuisances, Councils decided no action was possible;
- Only 11 fixed penalty notices were served under the Noise Act 1996;
- Only 5 fixed penalty notices were served in London under Section 80(4A) of the Environmental Protection Act 1990;
And out of 194,501 complaints received in 2012/13, Councils were able to informally resolve 7,252 complaints!
Download the CIEH Annual Noise Survey of enforcement action by Councils 2012/13 here
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