The council needs your views about nuisance behaviour

Noisy behaviour and nuisance neighbours can have a serious impact on daily life and Southend-on-Sea City Council wants your views on it.

A cartoon man sitting on a chair working form a laptop. He has his hands over his ears and there are some spikey shapes by the window each representing a different noise. They say Honk, Arf arf, and Bla bla.

A survey has been launched because we want those who live and work in the City to tell us how the council should investigate and deal with statutory nuisance.

Statutory nuisance can include any and all of the following:

  • artificial light, such as floodlights
  • bonfire smoke
  • noise from professional building work
  • DIY noise from home maintenance
  • dog barking
  • dust, steam and smells from industrial or business premises
  • loud music

The council has a duty to take reasonable steps to investigate any complaints of statutory nuisances and the results from the consultation will help form the final policy.

The consultation form includes a full summary of the draft policy, including the various pieces of legislation covered. The consultation is open for eight weeks, until 5pm on Tuesday 27 June 2023.

Cllr Martin Terry, cabinet member for public protection, said: “Although this is an obligation for the council to respond to complaints about statutory nuisances, we want to make sure that our residents and businesses have a say in how these reports are being managed.

“I urge all residents and businesses to take this opportunity to express their views by completing the consultation. The comments will help us to finalise our policy before being applied to the council’s practice.”

For the consultation, visit Your Say Southend - open until Tuesday 27 June 2023.

Alternatively, consultation packs are available upon request by calling 01702 215408.

Published: 16th May 2023

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