Taking steps towards a quieter life on Bute

Police on Bute were called to deal with a complaint of loud noise from a Rothesay flat - just in time for the start of the annual Noise Action Week.

Officers went to an address in the town’s King Street in the early hours of Sunday, May 19 after a neighbour complained of excessive noise from the property.

The householder received a warning about his behaviour.

And while Bute may, on the whole, be a relatively quiet place to live, the organisers of Noise Action Week, which runs from May 20 to 25, say that nearly two thirds of people are bothered by noise from neighbours, and one in ten are kept awake at night by noise.

Argyll and Bute Council is supporting the initiative by encouraging people to take some simple and commonsense steps to reduce neighbourhood noise, such as ensuring alarms are correctly installed a regularly serviced, carrying out noisy DIY and gardening tasks when they are least likely to cause least disruption such as in the middle of the day, playing music quietly, avoiding shouting and banging doors, ensuring pet noises are minimised, using household appliances responsibly and minimising noise from cars, especially in the early morning or late evening.

The authority’s lead councillor for planning and regulatory services, Sandy Taylor, said: “Neighbourhood noise is a type of anti-social behaviour which can cause significant stress for people and often lead to problems between neighbours. Excessive noise can sometimes adversely affect the health of those subjected to it.”