Record summer for noise nuisance

A HORSHAM-based mediation service handled its biggest number of noise-nuisance referrals ever last summer.

Now, for Noise Action Week 2011, from May 23 to 27, the West Sussex Mediation Service charity is highlighting the stress caused by noise.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, responsible for the co-ordination of Noise Action Week, noise disturbance can annoy most people at some time or another.

Statistics further reveal that noise disturbance impacts on the well-being of one in 100 people.

The main themes for the week are ‘Noise and Schools’ and ‘Noise in Our Gardens and Open Spaces’.

WSMS service co-ordinator Nick Handley knows at first-hand that noise disputes between neighbours can get difficult at times but usually can be resolved by finding simple solutions.

“The stress from noise nuisances affects one in ten home owners but many noise problems can be sorted out by just being more considerate to your neighbours such as turning down loud music, stopping the dog barking too loudly in the garden and remembering not to keep slamming doors,” he said

Continuing community disputes can have a dramatic impact on the lives and health of people, which is where WSMS can help by facilitating independent and impartial ‘Alternative Dispute Resolutions’.

In these sessions people talk openly through their problems in confidence with experienced mediators to find their own solution to an everyday problem.

The service is free to West Sussex residents, entirely non-judgemental and uses trained volunteers, who deal with all types of community disputes, excluding divorce and separation.

Contact 01403 257800 or email for more information on the service.