Noisy neighbour complaints on the rise


NOISE teams in the capital are being bombarded with more than 30 antisocial neighbour complaints a day. 

The council has received over 12,000 noise complaints in a year

New figures show that Edinburgh Council’s noise and antisocial behaviour teams received 12,019 complaints in a year.

This averages at around 33 complaints every day.

Top gripes included noisy neighbours, loud music, barking dogs, footsteps on wooden or laminate flooring, car alarms and street disturbances.

And the number of complaints soared by 26 per cent compared with a year earlier.

More complaints were made in the Sighthill/Gorgie ward than any other part of the city, with an average of four a day.

Keith Bell, secretary of the Sighthill, Broomhouse and Parkhead Community Council said: “I know there has been an increase in problems with laminate flooring being put down and that meaning noise from upstairs for a lot of people.”

A council spokeswoman said: “Noise pollution and antisocial noise can have a significant impact on communities and the rise in the number of complaints illustrates that residents are now more aware of how to get in contact with the council’s dedicated noise team.”