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Great neighbours make great neighbourhoods

We all have a right to live peacefully in our homes and we all have a responsibility to be a good neighbour. We all want to get along with each other but it is not always easy. The pressures of modern life mean we all have our off days and we need to make a special effort to get along. Being anti-social or causing a nuisance or annoyance to our neighbours stops them from enjoying their home.

  • Consider your neighbours and their circumstances and try to be tolerant. Remember some people cannot easily stop some behaviour (e.g. babies crying)
  • If you own a pet, take all reasonable steps to keep your pet under control so as not to cause a nuisance or annoyance to anyone in your neighbourhood. Do not leave animals alone for long periods of time and take reasonable care to ensure your pet does not foul in public places or cause any damage
  • Try to carry out unavoidable noisy activities such as DIY jobs during the hours of 8am to 7pm Monday to Saturday and 10am to 5pm on a Sunday
  • Keep the volume of noise (including any music equipment, radios and televisions) as low as possible, especially at night. Position loud speakers well away from adjoining walls
  • Ensure your house alarm is set to turn off after 20 minutes if it is activated and make sure a key holder can be contacted if your house alarm goes off while you are on holiday
  • Do not burn garden waste or have a barbeque when your neighbour has washing out. Position them where the smoke and smell will least likely blow onto their properties. Follow the council’s guidance if you intend to have a garden bonfire, this is available on the council’s website
  • When you park your vehicle, be sure not to block anyone’s access. Avoid slamming your doors or shining your headlights into your neighbour’s windows late at night
  • We can help to maintain a friendly relationship with our neighbours by communicating regularly with them, listening to any problems they have and discussing them to help find solutions. Keep your neighbours informed of any impending work or parties that may affect them.

Great neighbours make great neighbourhoods.

If you do unfortunately experience anti-social behaviour, you can report it here.