Kingswells, Mannofield and Bon Accord are least noisy places

Categories: Community | Author: Administrator | Posted: 16/02/2015 | Views: 1918
Revealed: The 19 noisiest neighbourhoods in Aberdeen

It's not something to make a song and dance about.  But new figures obtained by STV show that noise complaints in Aberdeen rose by more than 10% in 2014 from the previous year.

Aberdeen City Council confirmed, in response to a Freedom of Information request, that 2,573 complaints about noise were received by the local authority's Anti-Social Behaviour Team in 2014, an increase of almost 300 on the 2013 figure of 2,280.


The council's Environmental Health team also saw a rise in complaints about noise from other sources. In 2014, they received an additional 444 noise complaints.


It adds up to a situation where there are eight complaints about excessive noise made to the council every day of the year. And Tillydrone topped the list with 176 complaints: an average of more than one complaint in the area every two days.


STV's investigation also revealed that 160 warning notices were served in the city during 2014, with Tillydrone once more topping the list with 17.


Other parts of the city with a high degree of noise complaints included Mastrick, Torry and Rosemount, while Mannofield, Kingswells and Bon Accord were those with the least.


The council could not provide a city-wide breakdown of the cause of the complaints, but confirmed the vast majority of them were "noise coming from neighbours".


Common types of domestic noise that generate complaints in the city are said to include Hi-fi sound, wooden flooring, children, shouting and barking dogs.


And that has led to a call for better relations and more tolerance among neighbours from Tillydrone councillor Ramsay Milne.


Mr Milne told STV: "People are entitled to complain if their lives are being disturbed or made a misery by excessive noise.

"But I think we should recognise there isn't any one common denominator. Sometimes, older people will turn up their TVs louder, without realising it is bothering other folk.

"In other instances, young children might cry a lot or make a noise when they are playing with their friends.

"Clearly, we will continue to monitor the situation and we would like to see the number of complaints falling, not rising.

"But, in many cases, I think common sense can stop the Anti-Social Behaviour team from having to get involved."




Aberdonians urged not to suffer neighbourhood noise in silence

[] By Neil Drysdale on  Tuesday 3 February 2015Additional reporting by Alastair Tibbitt

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