If you are being bothered by noise - don't suffer in silence - you can contact the council for help, even if it's in the middle of the night.
The Council's Environmental Protection team responds to over 700 complaints about noise in West Lancashire each year. Most of these complaints relate to barking dogs and noisy neighbours.
If you are experiencing a problem with noise, whether it's from domestic or commercial premises, alert the council in the first instance. You can do this in three ways:
When we have received your complaint we write to the people making the noise, advising them that a complaint has been made and making them aware that their behaviour is causing a problem.
If the noise continues we will assess whether or not further action is needed. In most cases the council deals with noise problems by assessing whether the noise is unreasonable taking into account factors such as loudness, time of day, how often it occurs and how long it lasts. Noise which is unreasonable is then dealt with as a 'statutory nuisance' under the powers in the Environmental Protection Act 1990.
Before considering action the pollution team will fully investigate a complaint to determine if the noise amounts to a statutory nuisance. The council will need to determine the following points:
The Environmental Protection Act 1990 also allows a person affected by noise to make a complaint directly to a magistrate's court. If you wish to pursue this option then the council can provide you with further information although it is recommended that you obtain legal advice before commencing any action.