Edinburgh is worst in Scotland for noise complaints

Noise in the street is a major concern for residents in the Capital
Noise in the street is a major concern for residents in the Capital
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EDINBURGH is the worst offender in Scotland and fifth worst in the UK when it comes to complaints over noise, according to latest figures.

According to the study, a total of 14,395 complaints were made in Edinburgh between January 1, 2015 and August 
31 this year.

The findings, released under Freedom of Information legislation, put Edinburgh four spots behind Kensington and Chelsea, which topped the list with 34,910 complaints.

It comes as Edinburgh city council considers scrapping its Night Team service – which deals with anti-social behaviour – as part of its budget proposals.

Joanna Mowat, Conservative councillor for the city centre, said she was not particularly surprised by Edinburgh’s placing when it came to noise.

She said: “It’s been very much an issue over the summer because of the issue with busking and on-street noise and people trying to reduce the amplified noise that comes up in your own property.

“Looking at those figures you can see there’s really a pattern – it’s where you have got the on-street activity adjacent to residents’ properties.”

Cllr Mowat said the question was how to balance residents’ rights to enjoy peace and quiet in their own home with the desire to make Edinburgh a vibrant city.

Under latest budget proposals, the council wants to get rid of its Night Team service and leave police to deal with the issue. The proposal is expected to save £255,000.

But Cllr Mowat said such a move should be considered “very carefully” and questioned whether police involvement was always appropriate when it came to noise.

She added: “Do the police really have the resource to deal with this? We need to manage the situation by deciding what is and isn’t appropriate so we can give out a clear message.”

According to the council, its Night Team service has seen a reduction in the number of calls over recent years.

It previously received 8000 calls a year when it functioned 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. This has since reduced to 2037 calls between October 2016 and July 2017.

A council spokesman said: “We encourage anyone who is disturbed in their home by noise to contact the Police Force Control Centre on 101, any time of day, seven days a week. This service is run in partnership with Police Scotland and ourselves.

“We continue to work closely with Police Scotland on all types of anti-social behaviour issues across the city to ensure that Edinburgh remains a safe place for its residents.”

The figures were obtained by Anglian Home Improvements.

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