Research shows Calderdale quieter than Leeds, Wakefield and Kirklees

Noisy neighbour
Noisy neighbour

Have you ever been disturbed by noise when you’re trying to get your beauty sleep?

Chances are it’s less likely to happen to you in Calderdale than the majority of the region according to a new survey.

After submitting Freedom of Information requests, noise monitoring experts Cirrus Research revealed there were more than 40,000 noise nuisance complaints across Yorkshire in 2014 with some surprising areas topping the noisy neighbourhood chart.

In Calderdale there were 1,263 complaints recorded in 2014, a rate of six per 1,000 people.

This compared favourably with the likes of Leeds, Kirklees and Wakefield, with only Bradford having a lower rate in West Yorkshire.

Marketing manager Thomas Shelton said: “We work with a many local authorities and housing associations which have to deal with the complaints daily about noise nuisance.

“They have to a duty to investigate each allegation, see if there is any substance, gather evidence and then take action. What one person thinks is acceptable could drive someone else crazy so noise enforcement teams have a difficult job at the best of times.

“We conducted our research based on complaints per 1,000 population to get a more accurate picture. You would expect a large city such as Sheffield to have one of the highest number of complaints with over 4,200 but when you look at the size of its population - relatively speaking, it is quieter than Rotherham and York.”

Yorkshire-wide statistics put Doncaster at the top of the noisy neighbour poll with 6,231 complaints covering a population of 302,400 - or the equivalent of more than 20 complaints per 1,000 head.

Leeds came second with 12,295 complaints within its population of 751,500 – the equivalent of 16 complaints per 1,000 population.

The research is being used by Cirrus to build up a national noise nuisance map of the UK.

Cirrus Research also asked how many of those complaints ended up being prosecuted or convicted – with only 45 cases ended up in court across the whole of Yorkshire.