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Northern Ireland noise complaints on the rise - but where's the loudest?

By Jonathan Bell

Noise complaints across Northern Ireland are on the rise, official government figures show.

Overall complaints rose by 13% - in 2016/17 12,105 complaints were received about excessive noise compared to 10,754 the previous year.

And the biggest source of noise, according to those having their ears bashed, comes from householders themselves. Loud music, televisions, parties and animal noise contributed to 80% of all complaints.

While noise from pubs and clubs was the next biggest complaint made.

"The 13% rise in complaints does not necessarily equate to worsening noise pollution," the Department of Agriculture Environment and Rural Affairs said.

"The increase may be due to individuals becoming more susceptible to noise or more aware of who they should complain to when they experience noise problems.

"Councils have a number of courses of action open to them when dealing with noise complaints. Informal warnings are frequently used but formal options include service of a notice, prosecution and seizure of noise making equipment.

"Education, through the Noise Statistics Report, activities during Noise Action Week and the general work of district councils, is considered the most appropriate way of preventing noise issues."

Belfast was the council area to receive the highest number of complaints with nearly 7,000. It issued 547 notices.

Noise complaints received by council area:

Belfast: 6,942

Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon: 831

Antrim and Newtownabbey: 578

Newry, Mourne and Down: 576

Derry and Strabane: 554

Causeway Coast and Glens: 519

Ards and North Down: 513

Lisburn and Castlereagh: 468

Mid Ulster: 438

Mid and East Antrim: 388

Fermanagh and Omagh: 298

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