2017 UK Nuisance Noise Study

LoveMyVouchers.co.uk have completed a new study which reveals the areas of the country where the most noise complaints are recieved.

As part of our in depth study, we asked each local council across the UK to provide details regarding nuisance noise complaints for the last three years; including the noise source, location and outcome of the investigation.

Compiling the data received from 308 local councils, we were able to weigh the number of complaints by population in order to find the areas with the most incidents per head.

When weighted by population, the London Boroughs featured heavily in the top 10 in 2016; with Kensington and Chelsea, Westminster, Hammersmith and Fulham, Islington, Southwark, Newham and Haringey making up the top seven.

Outside of London, Newport in Wales received the most complaints in 2016, with around 18 reported per 1000 people. Residents of Falkirk in Scotland, Swansea in Wales and Cambridge in England also registered a significant number of noise complaints with their local councils.

Take a look at the interactive map to find out how each council area fared. Other key findings revealed by the study are detailed below.

Interactive Map

EAST AYRSHIRE North Lanarkshire - No data available East Dunbartonshire - No data available City of Glasgow - No data available East Renfrewshire - 1.75 complaints per 1000 people South Lanarkshire - 9.41 complaints per 1000 people East Lothian - 4.16 complaints per 1000 people Midlothian - No data available City of Edinburgh - 10.99 complaints per 1000 people West Lothian - 2.99 complaints per 1000 people Falkirk - 18.08 complaints per 1000 people Stirling - 1.45 complaints per 1000 people Clackmannanshire - 0.62 complaints per 1000 people Fife - 1.99 complaints per 1000 people Perth and Kinross - 3.13 complaints per 1000 people City of Dundee - No data available Angus - 12.90 complaints per 1000 people City of Aberdeen - 13.26 complaints per 1000 people Aberdeenshire - 1.01 complaints per 1000 people Moray - No data available Highland - 1.52 complaints per 1000 people Highland - 1.52 complaints per 1000 people Highland - 1.52 complaints per 1000 people Highland - 1.52 complaints per 1000 people Highland - 1.52 complaints per 1000 people Highland - 1.52 complaints per 1000 people Highland - 1.52 complaints per 1000 people Highland - 1.52 complaints per 1000 people Argyll and Bute - 8.25 complaints per 1000 people Argyll and Bute - 8.25 complaints per 1000 people Argyll and Bute - 8.25 complaints per 1000 people Argyll and Bute - 8.25 complaints per 1000 people Argyll and Bute - 8.25 complaints per 1000 people Argyll and Bute - 8.25 complaints per 1000 people West Dunbartonshire - 5.58 complaints per 1000 people Renfrewshire - 7.36 complaints per 1000 people Inverclyde - 3.38 complaints per 1000 people North Ayrshire - 3.15 complaints per 1000 people South Ayrshire - 1.12 complaints per 1000 people - No data available - No data available - No data available - No data available - No data available - No data available - No data available - No data available - No data available - No data available - No data available - No data available - No data available Scottish Borders - 1.09 complaints per 1000 people

Dumfries and Galloway - 0.08 complaints per 1000 people

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1.29 complaints per 1000 people Shetland Islands - 1.29 complaints per 1000 people - No data available Wrexham - 5.08 complaints per 1000 people Vale of Glamorgan - 4.32 complaints per 1000 people Torfaen - 2.77 complaints per 1000 people Swansea - 16.58 complaints per 1000 people Rhondda Cynon Taf - No data available Powys - No data available Pembrokeshire - 2.87 complaints per 1000 people Newport - 18.38 complaints per 1000 people Neath Port Talbot - No data available Monmouthshire - No data available Merthyr Tydfil - 5.33 complaints per 1000 people Isle of Anglesey - 1.00 complaints per 1000 people Gwynedd - 3.35 complaints per 1000 people Flintshire - 2.31 complaints per 1000 people - No data available - No data available - No data available Carmarthenshire - 3.00 complaints per 1000 people Cardiff - 9.43 complaints per 1000 people Caerphilly - 6.64 complaints per 1000 people Bridgend - 7.32 complaints per 1000 people Blaenau Gwent - 4.94 complaints per 1000 people Northumberland - No data available - No data available Isle of Wight - 3.37 complaints per 1000 people Herefordshire - 4.06 complaints per 1000 people Cornwall - 4.23 complaints per 1000 people - No data available - No data available - No data available - No data available - No data available - No data available - No data available - No data available - No data available - No data available - No data available - No data available - No data available - No data available - No data available - No data available - No data available Great Yarmouth - 4.53 complaints per 1000 people Babergh - 3.27 complaints per 1000 people Babergh - 3.27 complaints per 1000 people Braintree - 2.59 complaints per 1000 people - No data available Epping Forest - No data available - No data available Maidstone - 4.36 complaints per 1000 people Ashford - 5.39 complaints per 1000 people Tunbridge Wells - 4.45 complaints per 1000 people Mid Sussex - No data available - No data available Lewes - 5.31 complaints per 1000 people Worthing - 6.06 complaints per 1000 people Horsham - 1.58 complaints per 1000 people - No data available Havant - 3.20 complaints per 1000 people Winchester - 3.05 complaints per 1000 people - No data available Wiltshire - 5.82 complaints per 1000 people East Dorset - No data available North Dorset - No data available - No data available Exeter - 5.84 complaints per 1000 people Mid Devon - 4.38 complaints per 1000 people - No data available Mendip - 2.38 complaints per 1000 people Bath and North East Somerset - No data available Cotswold - 2.00 complaints per 1000 people Gloucester - 5.72 complaints per 1000 people Tewkesbury - No data available - No data available Wychavon - 1.42 complaints per 1000 people Wyre Forest - 3.29 complaints per 1000 people Cheshire East - 4.57 complaints per 1000 people St Helens - 3.34 complaints per 1000 people Preston - 6.80 complaints per 1000 people Ribble Valley - No data available Richmondshire - No data available Stockton-on-Tees - 5.49 complaints per 1000 people Hambleton - 2.82 complaints per 1000 people Selby - No data available West Lindsey - No data available North Kesteven - 4.34 complaints per 1000 people Broadland - 3.16 complaints per 1000 people Breckland - 3.90 complaints per 1000 people Norwich - 11.41 complaints per 1000 people Uttlesford - No data available Tandridge - 2.79 complaints per 1000 people Crawley - 3.32 complaints per 1000 people Guildford - 2.62 complaints per 1000 people Hart - 1.80 complaints per 1000 people Basingstoke and Deane - 4.54 complaints per 1000 people West Berkshire - 4.29 complaints per 1000 people Swindon - 3.83 complaints per 1000 people Stratford-on-Avon - No data available Cannock Chase - 4.08 complaints per 1000 people - No data available Stoke-on-Trent - 2.02 complaints per 1000 people Blackburn with Darwen - 3.45 complaints per 1000 people Pendle - No data available Bradford - 4.09 complaints per 1000 people Harrogate - 3.07 complaints per 1000 people Leeds - 12.33 complaints per 1000 people Mansfield - 4.14 complaints per 1000 people Newark and Sherwood - 4.02 complaints per 1000 people Forest Heath - No data available East Cambridgeshire - 2.89 complaints per 1000 people Huntingdonshire - 2.83 complaints per 1000 people North Hertfordshire - 5.99 complaints per 1000 people East Hertfordshire - 3.24 complaints per 1000 people Epsom and Ewell - 4.16 complaints per 1000 people Elmbridge - 4.62 complaints per 1000 people Wokingham - 4.45 complaints per 1000 people Birmingham - 3.97 complaints per 1000 people Sandwell - No data available Lichfield - 4.36 complaints per 1000 people South Derbyshire - 5.14 complaints per 1000 people Derbyshire Dales - 0.10 complaints per 1000 people - No data available Bury - No data available Rossendale - 2.82 complaints per 1000 people Calderdale - 5.96 complaints per 1000 people Kirklees - 8.66 complaints per 1000 people Sheffield - 5.08 complaints per 1000 people Chesterfield - 6.18 complaints per 1000 people North East Derbyshire - 5.00 complaints per 1000 people Ashfield - 3.57 complaints per 1000 people Gedling - 4.01 complaints per 1000 people Melton - 3.87 complaints per 1000 people East Northamptonshire - 3.82 complaints per 1000 people St Albans - 4.06 complaints per 1000 people Runnymede - 1.79 complaints per 1000 people Bracknell Forest - No data available Windsor and Maidenhead - 4.87 complaints per 1000 people Three Rivers - 1.82 complaints per 1000 people South Bucks - No data available Watford - No data available Chiltern - 2.07 complaints per 1000 people Wycombe - 1.42 complaints per 1000 people Spelthorne - 3.47 complaints per 1000 people Hertsmere - 6.18 complaints per 1000 people Dacorum - 2.55 complaints per 1000 people Aylesbury Vale - 0.67 complaints per 1000 people South Northamptonshire - No data available Daventry - 4.63 complaints per 1000 people Coventry - 9.41 complaints per 1000 people Solihull - 1.28 complaints per 1000 people Erewash - 3.29 complaints per 1000 people Derby - 3.59 complaints per 1000 people Nottingham - 4.89 complaints per 1000 people Broxtowe - 1.89 complaints per 1000 people Oadby and Wigston - No data available Corby - No data available Kettering - 6.29 complaints per 1000 people Wellingborough - 6.17 complaints per 1000 people Northampton - 7.33 complaints per 1000 people Hinckley and Bosworth - 6.32 complaints per 1000 people North West Leicestershire - 3.51 complaints per 1000 people Blaby - 2.99 complaints per 1000 people Leicester - 6.57 complaints per 1000 people Charnwood - 2.76 complaints per 1000 people Tamworth - No data available North Warwickshire - 4.43 complaints per 1000 people Nuneaton and Bedworth - No data available Milton Keynes - 9.82 complaints per 1000 people Bedford - 5.45 complaints per 1000 people Harborough - 1.18 complaints per 1000 people Rushcliffe - 6.43 complaints per 1000 people Amber Valley - 3.31 complaints per 1000 people Oldham - 4.64 complaints per 1000 people Rochdale - 4.84 complaints per 1000 people Tameside - 3.27 complaints per 1000 people High Peak - No data available Warwick - 5.40 complaints per 1000 people Rugby - 5.44 complaints per 1000 people Cherwell - 2.79 complaints per 1000 people Oxford - No data available West Oxfordshire - 1.80 complaints per 1000 people Vale of White Horse - 3.02 complaints per 1000 people South Oxfordshire - 2.87 complaints per 1000 people Reading - 3.25 complaints per 1000 people Surrey Heath - 3.35 complaints per 1000 people Woking - No data available Welwyn Hatfield - 4.79 complaints per 1000 people Stevenage - 4.80 complaints per 1000 people Central Bedfordshire - 1.43 complaints per 1000 people Peterborough - 2.73 complaints per 1000 people Rutland - 2.66 complaints per 1000 people Bolsover - 6.81 complaints per 1000 people Rotherham - 8.38 complaints per 1000 people Barnsley - 5.10 complaints per 1000 people Wakefield - 7.77 complaints per 1000 people Burnley - 3.28 complaints per 1000 people Hyndburn - 5.60 complaints per 1000 people Bolton - 2.27 complaints per 1000 people Salford - 4.09 complaints per 1000 people Trafford - 3.43 complaints per 1000 people Stockport - 2.50 complaints per 1000 people East Staffordshire - No data available Walsall - No data available Wolverhampton - 2.70 complaints per 1000 people Dudley - 6.00 complaints per 1000 people Bromsgrove - 1.54 complaints per 1000 people Redditch - 2.16 complaints per 1000 people Rushmoor - 5.54 complaints per 1000 people Mole Valley - 3.88 complaints per 1000 people Reigate and Banstead - 3.74 complaints per 1000 people Broxbourne - 4.15 complaints per 1000 people Harlow - 2.87 complaints per 1000 people South Cambridgeshire - No data available Cambridge - 14.18 complaints per 1000 people St Edmundsbury - No data available Fenland - 4.23 complaints per 1000 people South Kesteven - 3.20 complaints per 1000 people Lincoln - 5.71 complaints per 1000 people Bassetlaw - No data available Doncaster - 6.95 complaints per 1000 people York - 10.05 complaints per 1000 people Ryedale - 3.01 complaints per 1000 people Middlesbrough - 6.50 complaints per 1000 people Darlington - 6.76 complaints per 1000 people Craven - 2.83 complaints per 1000 people South Ribble - 3.36 complaints per 1000 people Chorley - 2.88 complaints per 1000 people Wigan - 4.27 complaints per 1000 people Newcastle-under-Lyme - 6.02 complaints per 1000 people Stafford - 3.44 complaints per 1000 people Telford and Wrekin - 5.16 complaints per 1000 people South Staffordshire - 3.37 complaints per 1000 people Cheltenham - 2.96 complaints per 1000 people East Hampshire - 3.12 complaints per 1000 people Ipswich - 7.36 complaints per 1000 people Mid Suffolk - 2.98 complaints per 1000 people South Norfolk - 2.89 complaints per 1000 people North Norfolk - 5.16 complaints per 1000 people Kings Lynn and West Norfolk - 3.53 complaints per 1000 people South Holland - 4.11 complaints per 1000 people Boston - 3.14 complaints per 1000 people East Lindsey - 4.82 complaints per 1000 people North East Lincolnshire - 8.21 complaints per 1000 people North Lincolnshire - 5.42 complaints per 1000 people Hull - 11.68 complaints per 1000 people East Riding of Yorkshire - 5.03 complaints per 1000 people Scarborough - 1.84 complaints per 1000 people Redcar and Cleveland - 4.68 complaints per 1000 people Hartlepool - 5.75 complaints per 1000 people Sunderland - 2.93 complaints per 1000 people South Tyneside - 6.50 complaints per 1000 people North Tyneside - No data available Newcastle upon Tyne - 4.44 complaints per 1000 people Gateshead - 5.82 complaints per 1000 people Co. Durham - 4.10 complaints per 1000 people Eden - 2.34 complaints per 1000 people Carlisle - 1.67 complaints per 1000 people Allerdale - 2.21 complaints per 1000 people Copeland - 2.13 complaints per 1000 people Barrow-in-Furness - No data available South Lakeland - 3.39 complaints per 1000 people Lancaster - 4.52 complaints per 1000 people Wyre - 2.27 complaints per 1000 people Wyre - 2.27 complaints per 1000 people - No data available West Lancashire - 4.70 complaints per 1000 people Sefton - 4.36 complaints per 1000 people Liverpool - No data available Knowsley - No data available Warrington - 4.78 complaints per 1000 people Halton - 5.75 complaints per 1000 people Cheshire West and Chester - 2.91 complaints per 1000 people Shropshire - 2.68 complaints per 1000 people Malvern Hills - 1.41 complaints per 1000 people Forest of Dean - 2.38 complaints per 1000 people Stroud - No data available South Gloucestershire - 3.17 complaints per 1000 people Bristol - 8.37 complaints per 1000 people North Somerset - 6.58 complaints per 1000 people Sedgemoor - 2.15 complaints per 1000 people West Somerset - 3.98 complaints per 1000 people North Devon - 3.65 complaints per 1000 people Torridge - 3.29 complaints per 1000 people West Devon - No data available South Hams - No data available Teignbridge - 5.54 complaints per 1000 people East Devon - 5.13 complaints per 1000 people West Dorset - 5.01 complaints per 1000 people Purbeck - 4.07 complaints per 1000 people Poole - 5.55 complaints per 1000 people Manchester - 8.48 complaints per 1000 people Bournemouth - No data available New Forest - 2.21 complaints per 1000 people Southampton - 13.86 complaints per 1000 people Eastleigh - No data available Fareham - 4.36 complaints per 1000 people Portsmouth - 10.02 complaints per 1000 people Chichester - 4.51 complaints per 1000 people Chichester - 4.51 complaints per 1000 people Arun - 5.34 complaints per 1000 people Adur - 5.38 complaints per 1000 people Eastbourne - 3.62 complaints per 1000 people Wealden - 3.66 complaints per 1000 people Hastings - 9.62 complaints per 1000 people Rother - 2.90 complaints per 1000 people North Lanarkshire - No data available Dover - 4.69 complaints per 1000 people Thanet - 6.12 complaints per 1000 people Canterbury - 5.06 complaints per 1000 people Swale - 6.50 complaints per 1000 people Tonbridge and Malling - 2.43 complaints per 1000 people Gravesham - No data available Medway - 6.23 complaints per 1000 people Dartford - 8.09 complaints per 1000 people Brentwood - 4.03 complaints per 1000 people Basildon - No data available Castle Point - 1.15 complaints per 1000 people Rochford - 3.69 complaints per 1000 people Maldon - 4.19 complaints per 1000 people Colchester - 7.31 complaints per 1000 people Tendring - No data available Tendring - No data available Suffolk Coastal - 8.59 complaints per 1000 people Waveney - No data available Torbay - No data available Plymouth - 4.01 complaints per 1000 people Weymouth and Portland - No data available Slough - 3.98 complaints per 1000 people Luton - 5.77 complaints per 1000 people Southend-on-Sea - 11.59 complaints per 1000 people Thurrock - No data available Gosport - No data available Blackpool - 5.97 complaints per 1000 people - No data available - No data available - No data available - No data available - No data available - No data available - No data available - No data available - No data available - No data available - No data available - No data available - No data available - No data available - No data available - No data available Redbridge - 12.84 complaints per 1000 people Redbridge - 12.84 complaints per 1000 people Greenwich - 13.40 complaints per 1000 people Greenwich - 13.40 complaints per 1000 people Waltham Forest - 9.12 complaints per 1000 people Waltham Forest - 9.12 complaints per 1000 people Tower Hamlets - 17.22 complaints per 1000 people Tower Hamlets - 17.22 complaints per 1000 people Lewisham - No data available Lewisham - No data available Southwark - 34.38 complaints per 1000 people Southwark - 34.38 complaints per 1000 people Sutton - 8.98 complaints per 1000 people Sutton - 8.98 complaints per 1000 people Barnet - 4.31 complaints per 1000 people Barnet - 4.31 complaints per 1000 people Enfield - No data available Enfield - No data available Islington - 46.19 complaints per 1000 people Islington - 46.19 complaints per 1000 people Merton - 8.16 complaints per 1000 people Merton - 8.16 complaints per 1000 people Kingston upon Thames - 4.57 complaints per 1000 people Kingston upon Thames - 4.57 complaints per 1000 people Brent - No data available Brent - No data available Hillingdon - 4.85 complaints per 1000 people Hillingdon - 4.85 complaints per 1000 people Ealing - 11.36 complaints per 1000 people Ealing - 11.36 complaints per 1000 people Hammersmith and Fulham - 52.36 complaints per 1000 people Hammersmith and Fulham - 52.36 complaints per 1000 people Kensington and Chelsea - 87.55 complaints per 1000 people Kensington and Chelsea - 87.55 complaints per 1000 people Harrow - No data available Harrow - No data available Hounslow - 13.85 complaints per 1000 people Hounslow - 13.85 complaints per 1000 people Richmond upon Thames - 4.89 complaints per 1000 people Richmond upon Thames - 4.89 complaints per 1000 people Wandsworth - 12.75 complaints per 1000 people Wandsworth - 12.75 complaints per 1000 people Westminster - 73.31 complaints per 1000 people Westminster - 73.31 complaints per 1000 people Camden - 14.61 complaints per 1000 people Camden - 14.61 complaints per 1000 people Lambeth - 7.71 complaints per 1000 people Lambeth - 7.71 complaints per 1000 people City of London - 114.66 complaints per 1000 people City of London - 114.66 complaints per 1000 people Hackney - No data available Hackney - No data available Haringey - 24.42 complaints per 1000 people Haringey - 24.42 complaints per 1000 people Croydon - 5.72 complaints per 1000 people Croydon - 5.72 complaints per 1000 people Bromley - No data available Bromley - No data available Newham - 27.20 complaints per 1000 people Newham - 27.20 complaints per 1000 people Bexley - 4.60 complaints per 1000 people Bexley - 4.60 complaints per 1000 people Barking and Dagenham - No data available Barking and Dagenham - No data available Havering - No data available Havering - No data available Epsom and Ewell Reigate and Banstead Tandridge Crawley Gravesham Dartford Tonbridge and Malling Bath and NE Somerset City of Bristol South Gloucestershire Caerphilly Blaenau Gwent T orfaen Cheltenham Gloucester Spelthorne Elmbridge Southampton Eastleigh Fareham Havant Worthing Adur Bournemouth Poole Christchurch Rushmoor Slough Windsor and Maidenhead Wokingham South Bucks Runnymede Surrey Heath Reading 126 125 124 123 122 121 120 119 118 117 116 115 114 113 112 111 110 109 108 107 106 105 104 103 102 85 84 83 82 81 80 79 78 77 76 75 74 73 72 99 98 97 96 93 94 95 91 84 83 83 82 81 80 79 77 78 76 75 74 73 72 Wychavon Mendip South Somerset Stroud Cotswold Purbeck Torridge Mid Devon Exeter East Devon Cardiff Newport Bridgend Swansea Carmarthenshire Pembrokeshire Ceredigion Powys Cambridge Norwich Northampton East Northamptonshire City of Kingston upon Hull Lincoln Luton Brentwood Basildon Harlow Broxbourne East Hertfordshire Hertsmere North Hertfordshire St Albans Stevenage Three Rivers Watford Oxford Ipswich Middlesbrough Dundee City Clackmannanshire 2 101 100 99 98 97 96 95 94 93 92 91 90 89 88 87 86 71 70 69 68 67 35 34 12 11 10 9 1 Birmingham Breckland 126 125 124 123 122 121 120 119 118 117 116 115 114 113 112 110 109 111 107 105 104 103 102 87 86 101 100 92 90 89 88 71 70 69 68 67 66 65 64 63 62 61 60 59 58 57 56 55 54 53 52 51 50 49 48 47 46 45 44 43 42 41 40 39 38 37 36 35 34 33 32 31 30 29 28 27 26 25 24 23 22 21 20 19 18 17 16 15 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 South Ayrshire Scottish Borders Inverclyde Stirling North Highland Orkney Islands Shetland Islands East Lothian Midlothian Eilean Siar Aberdeenshire Falkirk Dumfries and Galloway Moray Argyll and Bute Aberdeen City Perth and Kinross Angus Horsham Chichester Arun Warwick Rugby Waverley Guildford Waveney Mid Suffolk Babergh Stafford Lichfield Cherwell Bassetlaw Selby Scarborough Ryedale Richmondshire Harrogate Craven Kettering Daventry Corby North Norfolk Great North Kesteven East Lindsey Boston Melton Wyre Lancaster Chorley Thanet Swale Shepway Maidstone Dover Ashford Dacorum Winchester New Forest Hart Uttlesford Tendring Rochford Maldon Braintree Wealden Rother Lewes Hastings Eastbourne High Peak South Lakeland Eden Copeland Carlisle Barrow-in-Furness Isle of Man Allerdale Fenland Conwy Gwynedd West Berkshire Medway Thurrock Southend-on-Sea Peterborough Rutland Derby York Blackpool Darlington Hartlepool Wakefield Leeds Kirklees Oldham Calderdale Bradford Walsall Solihull Sunderland South Tyneside Gateshead Doncaster Wirral Sefton Brighton Gosport Portsmouth County Durham Northumberland Shropshire Bedford Huntingdonshire Barnsley Rushcliffe South Northamptonshire Charnwood Sevenoaks Chelmsford East Cambridgeshire Broadland North Lincolnshire 108 106 Aylesbury Vale Cheshire East Cheshire West and Chester City of Edinburgh West Lothian South Lanarkshire East Ayrshire Redcar and Cleveland Isle of Anglesey East Riding of Yorkshire Staffordshire Moorlands Derbyshire Dales Newark and Sherwood West Lindsey Amber Valley North East Lincolnshire Stratford- on-Avon West Oxfordshire Valley Basingstoke and Deane Isle of Wight Mid Sussex East Hampshire Mole Valley Suffolk Coastal South Norfolk King's Lynn and West Norfolk South Cambridgeshire Forest Heath South Holland Milton Keynes Ribble Valley Greater London (See Inset) and Hove Test Tunbridge Wells Canterbury Colchester St Edmundsbury Central Epping Chiltern Wycombe Harborough South Kesteven Sheffield Rotherham Flintshire Wrexham Denbigshire Wigan Hambleton Fife Swindon Torbay Plymouth Cornwall Isles of Scilly Wiltshire The Vale of Glamorgan Talbot Neath County of Herefordshire West Somerset Taunton Deane North Dorset East Dorset North Devon North Somerset Vale of White Horse South Oxfordshire Wyre Forest South Hams Teignbridge West Devon West Dorset Sedgemoor Port Monmouthshire Forest of Dean Tewkesbury Malvern Hills Bedfordshire Forest Yarmouth Fylde Ayrshire 130 129 128 127 Armagh Omagh Dungannon Limavady Strabane Banbridge Cookstown Belfast Derry Newry and Mourne Ards Ballymoney Down Lisburn Moyle Magherafelt Larne Ballymena Craigavon Antrim Fermanagh Coleraine Welwyn Hat?eld Castle Point Woking Bracknell Forest Weymouth and Portland Rhondda Cynon Taf Merthyr Tyd?l Wellingborough Stockton-on-Tees North Tyneside Newcastle upon Tyne Carrickfergus North Down Castlereagh Newtownabbey North Lanarkshire Renfrewshire East Dunbartonshire Glasgow City East Renfrewshire W est Dunbartonshire Bolton Bury Rochdale Manchester Salford Stockport T ameside T rafford Knowsley Liverpool St. Helens Halton Warrington Blackburn with Darwen Burnley Hyndburn P endle Preston Rossendale South Ribble West Lancashire 8 7 6 5 4 3 130 129 128 127 14 23 22 21 20 19 18 17 16 15 13 25 33 32 31 30 29 28 27 26 24 Cannock Chase Dudley W olverhampton Leicester Blaby Hinckley and Bosworth Oadby and Wigston T amworth North Warwickshire Nuneaton and Bedworth Coventry Sandwell Bromsgrove Redditch W orcester South Derbyshire Bolsover Nottingham Stoke-on-Trent Ashfield Chesterfield Erewash North East Derbyshire North West Leicestershire Mansfield Broxtowe Gedling East Staffordshire Newcastle-under -Lyme South Staffordshire T elford and Wrekin 38 51 50 49 48 47 46 45 44 43 42 41 40 39 37 36 66 65 64 63 62 61 60 59 58 57 56 55 54 53 52 J I H G F City of London Hackney Islington E D C B A Hammersmith and Fulham J H I G F E D C B A Brent Barking and Dagenham Barnet Bexley Bromley Camden Croydon Ealing Enfield Greenwich Haringey Harrow Havering Hillingdon Hounslow Lewisham Merton Newham Redbridge Sutton Wandsworth Southwark Lambeth Richmond upon Thames Greater London Kingston upon Thames Kensington and Chelsea Westminster Waltham Forest Tower Hamlets

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Key Findings

See full table of results below.

UK Council Districts with the Highest Nuisance Noise Complaint Rates

Kensington and Chelsea was identified as the council district with the highest nuisance noise complaint levels in 2016, with around 87 complaints reported per 1000 people. Hotspots in the area included Brompton, Colville and Golbourne.

Complaint types in Kensington and Chelsea included shouting and arguing, DIY and burglar alarms. The nuisance noise types that were most frequently complained about in 2016 included music, building site noise, and nearly 10% of the complaints were regarding street buskers.

The area with the second highest noise complaint rate was Westminster, at 73 complaints reported per 1000 people in the residential population.

Outside of London, Newport in Wales was the area with the highest noise complaint rate, with around 18 complaints per 1000 people in 2016.

The vast majority of the complaints in Newport were regarding loud music or TVs; and a large number related to animal nosies, such as dogs barking.

A similar noise complaint rate was also found in Falkirk in Scotland; and the area in England outside of London with the highest noise complaint rate was Cambridge, with 14 complaints per 1000 people.

The nuisance noise complaint rate was significantly lower outside of London than it was within the London Boroughs. The average rate for the top ten London boroughs was 39 complaints per 1000 people, whereas the average rate for the top ten outside of London was just 14 complaints per 1000 people.

Click on the bars in the following interactive charts to view full details for each of the areas.

Most Common Noise Sources

For the purpose of the study, broad categories were defined, within which the sources of noise reported by each council area were placed.

The pie chart shows the distribution of the broad nuisance noise source categories compiled from the top 20 worst areas.

Music and TV noises were the most complained about, accounting for 13.1% of the complaints. After this the complaint types were fairly evenly distributed between vehicles, people (chatting, shouting etc.), DIY, construction, commerical and animals (such as dogs barking). Alarms were also responsible for a significant proportion of the complaints, and all other noise sources were applied to the category 'Other'.

 

The Most Peculiar Noise Complaints

  • Morris dancers in Surrey.
  • A Chinese man flying a radio controlled hellicopter in South Wales.
  • A group of men playing football inside a flat in Brent.
  • A pride of Peacocks in Cumbria.
  • Someone "jumping up and down on ceiling for 6 months" in Leatherhead.
  • Steel drum lessons in Surrey.
  • Somebody "repeatedly playing 80s classics" in London.
  • An unruly parrot in Dorking.
  • Circus noises in Brent.
  • A noisy fish tank in Hemel Hempstead.
 Residents in Falkirk complained of noise from "bedroom antics", whilst "African drumming" disturbed one unhappy resident in Mole Valley. 

Prosecutions

Although each year there are a significant number of notices served, prosecutions for nuisance noise appear to be rare, with an estimated 0.14% of cases resulting in fines and convictions, including ASBOs/CBOs.

UK Council Districts with the Lowest Nuisance Noise Complaint Rates

Very few complaints were registered in Dumfries and Galloway, making it the area with the lowest nuisance noise complaints rate, at just 0.08 complaints per 1000 people.

Similar results were found for the Derbyshire Dales, and the Western Isles (Na h-Eileanan Siar) in Scotland, the areas with the second and third lowest levels of shoplifting. 0.1 incident was reported per 1000 people residing in the Derbyshire Dales area; and 0.44 per 1000 people in the Western Isles.

Click on the bars in the following interactive chart to view full details for each of the areas.

Data

Council District # Complaints per 1000 People
1
Kensington and Chelsea
87.55
2
Westminster 73.31
3
Hammersmith and Fulham
52.36
4
Islington 46.19
5
Southwark 34.38
6
Newham 27.2
7
Haringey 24.42
8
Newport 18.38
9
Falkirk 18.08
10
Tower Hamlets 17.22
11
Swansea 16.58
12
Camden 14.61
13
Cambridge 14.18
14
Southampton 13.86
15
Hounslow 13.85
16
Greenwich 13.4
17
City of Aberdeen
13.26
18
Angus 12.9
19
Redbridge 12.84
20
Wandsworth 12.75
21
Leeds 12.33
22
Hull 11.68
23
Southend-on-Sea
11.59
24
Norwich 11.41
25
Ealing 11.36
26
City of Edinburgh
10.99
27
York 10.05
28
Portsmouth 10.02
29
Milton Keynes 9.82
30
Hastings 9.62
31
Cardiff 9.43
32
Coventry 9.41
33
South Lanarkshire
9.41
34
Waltham Forest 9.12
35
Shepway 9.05
36
Sutton 8.98
37
Kirklees 8.66
38
Suffolk Coastal 8.59
39
Manchester 8.48
40
Rotherham 8.38
41
Bristol 8.37
42
Argyll and Bute 8.25
43
North East Lincolnshire
8.21
44
Merton 8.16
45
Dartford 8.09
46
Wakefield 7.77
47
Lambeth 7.71
48
Ipswich 7.36
49
Renfrewshire 7.36
50
Northampton 7.33
51
Bridgend 7.32
52
Colchester 7.31
53
Doncaster 6.95
54
Bolsover 6.81
55
Preston 6.8
56
Darlington 6.76
57
Caerphilly 6.64
58
North Somerset
6.58
59
Leicester 6.57
60
Middlesbrough 6.5
61
South Tyneside 6.5
62
Swale 6.5
63
Rushcliffe 6.43
64
Hinckley and Bosworth
6.32
65
Kettering 6.29
66
Medway 6.23
67
Chesterfield 6.18
68
Hertsmere 6.18
69
Wellingborough 6.17
70
Thanet 6.12
71
Isles of Scilly 6.09
72
Worthing 6.06
73
Newcastle-under-Lyme
6.02
74
Dudley 6
75
North Hertfordshire
5.99
76
Blackpool 5.97
77
Calderdale 5.96
78
Exeter 5.84
79
Gateshead 5.82
80
Wiltshire 5.82
81
Brighton & Hove
5.77
82
Luton 5.77
83
Halton 5.75
84
Hartlepool 5.75
85
Croydon 5.72
86
Gloucester 5.72
87
Lincoln 5.71
88
Hyndburn 5.6
89
West Dunbartonshire
5.58
90
Poole 5.55
91
Rushmoor 5.54
92
Teignbridge 5.54
93
Stockton-on-Tees
5.49
94
Bedford 5.45
95
Rugby 5.44
96
North Lincolnshire
5.42
97
Chelmsford 5.4
98
Warwick 5.4
99
Ashford 5.39
100
Adur 5.38
101
Arun 5.34
102
Fylde 5.33
103
Merthyr Tydfil 5.33
104
Lewes 5.31
105
North Norfolk 5.16
106
Telford and Wrekin
5.16
107
South Derbyshire
5.14
108
East Devon 5.13
109
Barnsley 5.1
110
Sheffield 5.08
111
Wrexham 5.08
112
Canterbury 5.06
113
East Riding of Yorkshire
5.03
114
West Dorset 5.01
115
North East Derbyshire
5
116
Blaenau Gwent 4.94
117
Nottingham 4.89
118
Richmond upon Thames
4.89
119
Windsor and Maidenhead
4.87
120
Sevenoaks 4.86
121
Hillingdon 4.85
122
Rochdale 4.84
123
East Lindsey 4.82
124
Stevenage 4.8
125
Welwyn Hatfield 4.79
126
Warrington 4.78
127
West Lancashire
4.7
128
Dover 4.69
129
Redcar and Cleveland
4.68
130
Oldham 4.64
131
Daventry 4.63
132
Elmbridge 4.62
133
Bexley 4.6
134
Cheshire East 4.57
135
Kingston upon Thames
4.57
136
Basingstoke and Deane
4.54
137
Great Yarmouth
4.53
138
Lancaster 4.52
139
Chichester 4.51
140
Tunbridge Wells 4.45
141
Wokingham 4.45
142
Newcastle upon Tyne
4.44
143
North Warwickshire
4.43
144
Mid Devon 4.38
145
Lichfield 4.36
146
Fareham 4.36
147
Maidstone 4.36
148
Sefton 4.36
149
North Kesteven 4.34
150
Vale of Glamorgan
4.32
151
Barnet 4.31
152
West Berkshire 4.29
153
Wigan 4.27
154
Cornwall 4.23
155
Fenland 4.23
156
Maldon 4.19
157
East Lothian 4.16
158
Epsom and Ewell
4.16
159
Broxbourne 4.15
160
Mansfield 4.14
161
South Holland 4.11
162
Co. Durham 4.1
163
Bradford 4.09
164
Salford 4.09
165
Cannock Chase 4.08
166
Purbeck 4.07
167
Herefordshire 4.06
168
St Albans 4.06
169
Brentwood 4.03
170
Conwy 4.02
171
Newark and Sherwood
4.02
172
Gedling 4.01
173
Plymouth 4.01
174
Slough 3.98
175
West Somerset 3.98
176
Birmingham 3.97
177
Breckland 3.9
178
Mole Valley 3.88
179
Melton 3.87
180
Swindon 3.83
181
East Northamptonshire
3.82
182
Reigate and Banstead
3.74
183
Staffordshire Moorlands
3.71
184
Rochford 3.69
185
Wealden 3.66
186
North Devon 3.65
187
Eastbourne 3.62
188
Derby 3.59
189
Waverley 3.59
190
Ashfield 3.57
191
Kings Lynn and West Norfolk
3.53
192
North West Leicestershire
3.51
193
Spelthorne 3.47
194
Blackburn with Darwen
3.45
195
Stafford 3.44
196
Trafford 3.43
197
South Lakeland 3.39
198
Inverclyde 3.38
199
Isle of Wight 3.37
200
South Staffordshire
3.37
201
South Ribble 3.36
202
Gwynedd 3.35
203
Surrey Heath 3.35
204
St Helens 3.34
205
Crawley 3.32
206
Amber Valley 3.31
207
Erewash 3.29
208
Torridge 3.29
209
Wyre Forest 3.29
210
Burnley 3.28
211
Babergh 3.27
212
Tameside 3.27
213
Reading 3.25
214
East Hertfordshire
3.24
215
Havant 3.2
216
South Kesteven
3.2
217
South Gloucestershire
3.17
218
Broadland 3.16
219
North Ayrshire 3.15
220
Boston 3.14
221
Perth and Kinross
3.13
222
East Hampshire
3.12
223
Harrogate 3.07
224
Winchester 3.05
225
Vale of White Horse
3.02
226
Ryedale 3.01
227
Carmarthenshire
3
228
Blaby 2.99
229
West Lothian 2.99
230
Mid Suffolk 2.98
231
Cheltenham 2.96
232
Wirral 2.96
233
Sunderland 2.93
234
Cheshire West and Chester
2.91
235
Orkney Islands 2.9
236
Rother 2.9
237
East Cambridgeshire
2.89
238
South Norfolk 2.89
239
Chorley 2.88
240
Denbighshire 2.87
241
Harlow 2.87
242
Pembrokeshire 2.87
243
South Oxfordshire
2.87
244
Craven 2.83
245
Huntingdonshire
2.83
246
Hambleton 2.82
247
Rossendale 2.82
248
Cherwell 2.79
249
Tandridge 2.79
250
Torfaen 2.77
251
Charnwood 2.76
252
Peterborough 2.73
253
Wolverhampton 2.7
254
Shropshire 2.68
255
South Somerset
2.68
256
Rutland 2.66
257
Guildford 2.62
258
Braintree 2.59
259
Dacorum 2.55
260
Stockport 2.5
261
Tonbridge and Malling
2.43
262
Forest of Dean 2.38
263
Mendip 2.38
264
Eden 2.34
265
Flintshire 2.31
266
East Ayrshire 2.3
267
Bolton 2.27
268
Wyre 2.27
269
Allerdale 2.21
270
New Forest 2.21
271
Redditch 2.16
272
Sedgemoor 2.15
273
Copeland 2.13
274
Worcester 2.11
275
Chiltern 2.07
276
Stoke-on-Trent 2.02
277
Cotswold 2
278
Fife 1.99
279
Broxtowe 1.89
280
Scarborough 1.84
281
Three Rivers 1.82
282
Hart 1.8
283
West Oxfordshire
1.8
284
Runnymede 1.79
285
East Renfrewshire
1.75
286
Taunton Deane 1.7
287
Carlisle 1.67
288
Horsham 1.58
289
Bromsgrove 1.54
290
Highland 1.52
291
Stirling 1.45
292
Central Bedfordshire
1.43
293
Wychavon 1.42
294
Wycombe 1.42
295
Malvern Hills 1.41
296
Shetland Islands
1.29
297
Solihull 1.28
298
Harborough 1.18
299
Castle Point 1.15
300
South Ayrshire 1.12
301
Scottish Borders
1.09
302
Aberdeenshire 1.01
303
Isle of Anglesey 1
304
Aylesbury Vale 0.67
305
Clackmannanshire
0.62
306
Na h-Eileanan Siar (Western Isles)
0.44
307
Derbyshire Dales
0.1
308
Dumfries and Galloway
0.08

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Population data is based on the estimates from the Office of National Statistics.

City of London was excluded from the study due to the low population.

Northern Ireland was excluded from the study due to local council changes there in the last three years.