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630 noise nuisance complaints in 2012
10:36am Thursday 14th March 2013 in News
A COCKEREL crowing at 5am, a preacher annoying town-centre shoppers and a pub’s karaoke singers were just some of noisy things people complained to Bury Council about last year.
A Bury Times request using the Freedom of Information Act revealed there were 630 separate noise nuisance reports in 2012.
It took just three days for the first complaint of the year to come in, with a resident of Whittaker Street, Radcliffe, giving details of building work going on over Christmas.
On January 9, a resident of Deal Street, Bury, complained of noise from darts hitting a dartboard on an adjoining wall.
A drummer angered a resident of Milwood Court in Bury on January 16 as he was playing drums, playing loud music, swearing and shouting.
Cockerels were sounding in Rostron Road, Ramsbottom, on the same day, and there was a further complaint in February.
The animals also drew complaints in Ainsworth Road and Market Street, Bury, Polefield Circle and Bury New Road in Prestwich and in Shepherds Close in Tottington.
On October 15, a Ringley Road West resident reported hearing gunshots, probably from a nearby shooting club.
A resident of Cross Lane, Radcliffe, complained of the noise a shop’s shutters made when it closed for the day and a resident of Robert Street complained that a two-year-old girl was laughing and singing.
A noisy ice cream van drew a complaint from Walker Street, Radcliffe, while a baby’s cot thudding on a wall drew a complaint from Stanley Street, Bury.
Most complaints came from central Bury and there was one from Unsworth, one from Cheetham Hill, one from Greenmount, 93 from Prestwich, 128 from Radcliffe, 35 from Ramsbottom, three from Summerseat, 22 from Tottington and 63 from Whitefield.
Most complaints were about music, building work, alarms, dogs barking, parties and shouting.
A council spokesman said: “We recommend if any person is affected by excessive noise they speak to the person making the noise first, as they may not realise that a problem is being caused and the matter can be nipped in the bud.
“If this isn’t possible, or it still doesn’t resolve the matter, they can contact the council, where they will be asked to fill in a noise diary.
“Serious cases may have to be dealt with formally resulting in legal notices being served or even prosecution.”
To see the full list, see the Bury Times website.