Shropshire Council

Noise


Overview

We're all experiencing unprecedented challenges as a community at the moment due to coronavirus. Our Community Protection team is urging everyone to be considerate of their neighbours while the government requires us to stay at home.

We're all having to adapt quickly to a new and unexpected way of life, and everyone will at some time find the imposed changes difficult. It's at times like this when we'll need to be more considerate of how our actions affect neighbours and to be more tolerant of their behaviours.

Community Protection are here to help if you're experiencing disturbances from noise, but please do all you can to be good neighbours, particularly during these stressful times. 

We’re seeing some great examples of communities pulling together despite the challenges we're all facing, but please remember and adhere to the government rules - you can't visit friends or even relatives to socialise. If we receive reports of gatherings we'll pass them to the police.

For information about staying at home and social distancing, take a look at our coronavirus pages and the Gov.uk website.

Let’s all pull together and stay at home, protect the NHS and save lives.

Noise is generally regarded as unwanted sound. It could be too loud, intrusive or just happening at the wrong time or without warning. Car alarms, barking dogs and noisy neighbours are all examples of noise that can cause disturbance, but they don't always constitute a nuisance - it's likely we all make unwanted noise sometimes without realising it. 

General advice

Information and advice on resolving neighbour disputes can be found on the Government's GOV.UK website

If you have a problem with noise:

  1. Try to solve the problem informally, by talking to the other party
  2. You could speak to us, and we may be able to help if talking to your neighbour doesn't work
  3. If the problem persists, it may be an antisocial behaviour issue.
  4. As a last resort, you can take your own action through the courts.