Pollution, noise and nuisance

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Find out how we monitor and control air, noise and land pollution, including how you can report issues.

If a persistent and unreasonable noise issue is affecting you and you are not able to resolve it informally you can report it to us online.
The Government's revised Air Quality Strategy for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland was a direct response to the requirements of the Environment Act 1995. It set health-based standards and objectives covering seven pollutants.
A list of frequently asked questions on air quality issues.
The Council’s Enforcement Officers deal with a variety of environmental issues on public land that can have a negative impact on the local environment. They undertake routine patrols in the Borough of Ipswich.
The noise from a barking dog can be classed as a statutory nuisance, which means the Council can decide to serve a noise abatement notice.
We understand that people have the right to hold parties and to enjoy themselves in their own property. However, people do not have the right to unreasonably interfere with the use and enjoyment of neighbouring properties.
Commercial and industrial premises have a legal defence known as 'Best Practicable Means' which says that it may not always be possible to stop a noise completely. However, it is possible to seek to keep it to an acceptable level.
Since most people have to carry out DIY at times when they are not at work, they may need to do work such as redecorating or putting up shelves round the house in the evenings or at weekends.
Construction noise covers noise created on building and demolition sites, and also from roadworks.
Noise from licensed premises is a common cause for complaint, especially during warm weather.


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Environmental Health,
Ipswich Borough Council,
3W Grafton House,
15-17 Russell Road,