Love thy neighbour: nearly half a million complaints made about next door's animals, mess, and noise
Fife, Newcastle-upon-Tyne and Westminster top the disputes list while Isles of Scilly almost universally harmonious
Alex Johnson has been part of The Independent's online team since 2007. He has been writing about microarchitecture on his internationally-acclaimed Shedworking blog since 2006 and is the author of Shedworking: The Alternative Workplace Revolution. His latest book is Bookshelf, published by Thames & Hudson.
Tuesday 18 March 2014
More than 460,000 complaints were made to local councils in Britain in 2013 about neighbours and their behaviour, pets and property.
According to figures from Churchill Home Insurance 104,000 of these made about messy homes and gardens, a further 93,579 about the accumulation of rubbish, 46,539 about pets causing a disturbance and 21,090 about parked vehicles causing a disruption.
Noisy neighbours are the major cause of residential issues nationally and local authorities issued 4,283 noise abatement notices to persistently loud residents.
Martin Scott, head of Churchill home insurance, said: "These findings present a worrying picture. It’s a reminder to all of us to consider that our parties, pets and general property maintenance may be causing our neighbours undue amounts of stress."
London boroughs appear to be the noisiest places to live with the councils in Westminster, Tower Hamlets, Southwark and Wandsworth all receiving around 5,000 residential noise complaints.
Nottinghamshire, Worcestershire and Gwynedd seem particularly peaceful, with less than one complaint per 1000 people, while the Isles of Scilly recorded only a single nuisance complaint to the council.
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