Top tips for being a good neighbour this summer

Starting this weekend (Friday 6 July), and every weekend until the end of August, Herefordshire Council’s Environmental Protection Team will be monitoring noisy hot spots and investigating noise complaints at night time across the county.

Herefordshire Council receives up to 1000 noise complaints a year, with a 50% increase over the summer months. Most summer noise complaints are about loud music, parties, barking dogs and loud factory equipment, so the council is urging residents and businesses to follow their top tips to make the summer enjoyable and prevent noise nuisance occurring in your neighbourhood.

Marc Willimont, Herefordshire Council’s Head of Regulatory and Development Management Services, said:

“Fortunately, most residents and businesses in Herefordshire are considerate of their neighbours, but we will take firm action against the small minority who persist in causing noise nuisance.

“Whether it keeps people awake at night, or stops them enjoying life at home during the day, noise can be a real problem. Simple steps such as telling neighbours about a planned party or leaving contact details for a burglar alarm or when a barking dog is going to be left unattended can prevent complaints and means you can be contacted directly if any problems arise.”

To be a good neighbour this summer, read the top tips for limiting summer noise at

Herefordshire Council’s out of hours noise team are available on 01432 261761 9pm to 2am every Friday and Saturday evening until the end of August, and on August bank holiday Sunday.

Published: 3rd July 2018