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REVEALED: Nearly 1500 complaints about noisy neighbours in Sheffield in 12 months

A husky dog.
A husky dog.

Noisy neighbours who blight residents' quality of life sparked nearly 1500 complaints in Sheffield last year, The Star can reveal today.

Statistics revealed using the Freedom of Information Act showed there were 2254 complaints made about noise to Sheffield Council in 2017 and about two thirds of these were about noisy neighbours with 1457 cases.

Sheffield.

Sheffield.

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The next most common bugbear was to do with animals - such as barking dogs - with 307 incidents, followed by commercial/leisure noise with 219 complaints.

Sheffield Council officers warned that anyone who persistently makes neighbours' lives a misery though noisy behaviour will always face action.

The authority served about 80 noise abatement notices to nuisance neighbours last year and took about a dozen people to court.

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Ian Ashmore, head of environmental regulation at the authority, said: “Noisy neighbours are guilty of antisocial behaviour and they make the lives of those who suffer a misery.

”My officers take all complaints seriously and while the majority of cases are settled amicably and informally there are unfortunately a minority of people who ignore all requests to stop.

“I would urge these people to think twice before they continue disturbing the peace.

"The valuable resources spent tackling their selfishness towards those around them could be better used to improve the quality of lives in ways that be beneficial to more residents across Sheffield.”

There were a number of high profile cases last year.

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In May, Stephen Hinchliffe, aged 53, and his partner Lynette, aged 46, of Armitage Road, Deepcar, were made to cough up more than £2, 400 for ignoring a noise abatement notice issued by Sheffield Council’s environmental protection service for the second time.

The council said residents complained about "persistent howling" from the 20 Siberian huskies that the couple kept at their semi-detached house.

Then in September two more dog owners were hit with a record £4000 penalty after their noisy pets made residents' lives a misery.

Carl Collins and Rebecca Carnell were found guilty of failing to comply with abatement notices requiring them to reduce the noise experienced by their long-suffering neighbours in High Green.

Collins, aged 34, and Carnell, aged 27, both of Thompson Hill, were each ordered to pay £1, 000 to the two people who brought the complaint and told to stump up £1, 052 each to cover Sheffield Council's legal costs.

The council, whose environmental protection service team prosecuted the pair, claimed it was the biggest fine ever handed down in the city for a case of this kind.

Another major case involved fines running into thousands of pounds for three council tenants after residents complained about house parties, shouting and loud music.

Caprice Renshaw, aged 20, of Raeburn Way, Gleadless Valley, Danielle Jubb, aged 37, of Powell Street, Netherthorpe, and Angie Grimshaw, aged 43, of Clayton Hollow, Waterthorpe, were each fined £660, made to pay £250 costs and handed a £66 victim surcharge in September last year.

Figures

Top five

Domestic noise (e.g. noisy neighbours) - 1457

Animals (e.g. barking dogs) - 307

Commercial/Leisure issue - 219

Burglar alarms - 141

Construction noise - 92

Total number of complaints in 2017 - 2254