September 19, 2021

Thousands of Glasgow residents complain of noise.

Thousands of noise complaints have been reported in Glasgow, it has been revealed.

More than 35,600 issues were raised. Scotland Between April 2020 and March 2021

North Lanarkshire. Council According to Churchill Home Insurance research, the highest number of complaints was with 9,100, down 16% from the previous year, while Glasgow came in sixth with 3,400, down 22% in 2019/20. Is.

The South Lanarkshire Council also listed 3,600 complaints with an increase of 1,600%.

Aberdeen, while West Lutheran and Falkirk complete the top five councils.

Stephen Llewellyn, head of housing solutions at North Lanarkshire Council, said: “We receive a large number of complaints about noisy and annoying neighbors on an annual basis. Health Outbreaks appear to be exacerbated during this time, with more people being at home.

“Our anti-social response team is working to address the issues that have been brought to our attention and, if necessary, we will take direct enforcement action. We will not tolerate minority people who take the lives of their neighbors.” Making miserable

“We want to send a clear message to those who will not tolerate anti-social behavior in our communities. Working with our partners in the police, we will take action against anyone involved in unacceptable behavior. ۔

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At the other end of the scale, West Dunbartonshire received no neighborhood noise complaints last year, while Scottish Borders received only 67 and South Ayrshire 98.

Steven Williams, head of Churchill Home Insurance, said: “The epidemic has seen us confined to our homes, which means we are all too aware of the noise around us.

“As we move towards a ‘new routine’, many of us will be working from home for at least some time, so noisy neighbors will continue to be a nuisance.

“Neighbors may not realize they are making noise, so the first step is to always talk to them and explain the problem.”

He added: “If this doesn’t work and they continue, then keep a record of the type of noise and the time of day and talk to your local council about a possible noise complaint.”

More than two-thirds of councils reported an increase in noise complaints in 2020/21 compared to 2019/20.

Psychologist Donna Dawson says: “The last 18 months have seen our behavior change in many ways. Most of us are confined to our homes on a daily basis. It is understandable that noise complaints Even small changes in voice can increase anxiety and stress for many people, especially if it disrupts family life and makes it difficult to relax, work or take care of the family.

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“When you are exposed to ongoing noise that is out of your control, there are some techniques that can help you deal with it. , Music Or use an air plug to turn off the sound of the radio sound. Take deep breaths from your diaphragm at a slow count of ten and breathe in and relax yourself. And even try some strenuous exercise, such as jumping jacks, to burn those stress hormones.

“It’s always better to try to talk to a neighbor if you think their noise is unreasonable, but do so when you’re not upset or angry.”

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