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FOI 14620

Neighbour Complaints

Request

I am writing to you under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, to request the following information from your authority.

Regarding the issue of statutory nuisance and noise abatement complaints received by your authority, could you please provide responses to the following six questions covering the two time periods stated below:



1stAugust 2015 – 31stJuly 2016
1st August 2016 – 31stJuly 2017

1
How many statutory nuisance complaints did the council receive?



2
How many noise abatement orders did the council issue?



3
How many noise abatement orders have been broken?



4
How many fines were given out for broken noise abatement orders?



5
What was the total value of these fines?




6. How many complaints has the council received for each of the following categories in the time periods below?

Issue
Number of complaints from 1stAugust 2015 – 31stJuly 2016
Number of complaints from 1stAugust 2016 – 31stJuly 2017

Noise (including loud music and barking dogs)



Artificial light (except street lights)



Smokes, fumes or gases



A build-up of rubbish



High hedges, trees or boundaries



Animals – e.g. smells, damage, number of animals



Condition and maintenance of domestic premises



Parking and vehicles including mobile homes, caravans and all other motorised and non-motorised vehicles



Response

1st August 2015 – 31st July 2016 1st August 2016 – 31st July 2017
1 How many statutory nuisance complaints did the council receive? 495 528
2 How many noise abatement orders did the council issue? 1 4
3 How many noise abatement orders have been broken? nil nil
4 How many fines were given out for broken noise abatement orders? nil nil
5 What was the total value of these fines? nil nil

6. How many complaints has the council received for each of the following categories in the time periods below?

Issue Number of complaints from 1st August 2015 – 31st July 2016 Number of complaints from 1st August 2016 – 31st July 2017
Noise (including loud music and barking dogs) 339 369
Artificial light (except street lights) 12 21
Smokes, fumes or gases 60 66
A build-up of rubbish 31 25
High hedges, trees or boundaries nil nil
Animals – e.g. smells, damage, number of animals 34 26
Condition and maintenance of domestic premises 14 20
Parking and vehicles including mobile homes, caravans and all other motorised and non-motorised vehicles 5 1