The Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) collects data on local authorities’ noise enforcement in England and Wales.
For most people the first source of help should be the free statutory service provided by their local Council, yet complaints to Councils during 2013 - 2014 fell from 194,501 to 145,514 a decrease of 25.2%.
The number of Councils responding to the CIEH also fell by 3%. And out of 145,514 complaints received in 2013/14 only 37,105 or 25.5% were considered potentially actionable.
Noisedirect analysis of data from the CIEH Annual Noise Survey 2013-14 found:
- Out of 348 Councils only 151 Councils; 43% responded to the survey;
- Councils received a total of 145,514 noise complaints between 2013-14;
- The single largest group of complaints was 71,031 from single family homes;
- Only 19,550 residential noise incidents from single family homes were confirmed as potentially actionable;
- In 4,912 cases of statutory nuisances, Councils decided no action was possible;
- Only 5 fixed penalty notices were served under the Noise Act 1996;
- Only 6 fixed penalty notices were served in London under Section 80(4A) of the Environmental Protection Act 1990;
Prosecutions by Councils in 2013-2014 decreased by 71%
Convictions secured by Councils in 2013-2014 decreased by 64.9 %
And out of 145,514 complaints received in 2013-14 Councils were able to informally resolve 10,037 complaints!
Full details of the Annual Noise Survey of enforcement action by Councils are available from the CIEH
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