Borough Council of Wellingborough

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Support your neighbours during isolation

Published Thursday, 09 April 2020

We're spending a lot more time at home during the Coronavirus pandemic. Staying at home is vital to support our NHS and help save lives but please be considerate of your neighbours during this time.

Environmental Protection officers at the Borough Council of Wellingborough are receiving an influx of noise and anti-social behaviour (ASB) complaints from the public, since ‘stay at home’ restrictions have been put in place.

These are almost certainly caused by neighbours being more exposed to everyday living noise from each other, more than they may have experienced before.

We are asking all neighbours to be considerate of their surroundings. While you may be off ork/home schooling, your neighbours may well be working from home. While you may be working from home, your neighbours may well be off work/home schooling.

This may sound like common sense, but these are unprecedented times, please be considerate to each other, we are all in this together.

Noise

Excessive or unreasonable noise, at any time of the day has the potential to be a nuisance. The idea that people can ‘be as loud as I want until 11pm’ has not been the case for many years. Our Environmental Protection team are still on duty as are our Out of Hours officers. We are working in conjunction with Northamptonshire Police.

In regards to Thursday nights at 8pm, we as a Council completely support the ‘Clap for the NHS’ movement. However, it has been brought to our attention that some residents are taking this recognition to excessive lengths, setting up DJ/PA systems in their front gardens, playing music at a loud volume, sounding car horns for 15 minutes+. Please be aware that many babies/children/night workers (including NHS shift workers, care workers etc) are having sleep disturbed by these behaviours; please consider this and join us in CLAPPING for the NHS.

Bonfires

We are aware that currently many people are occupying their time by clearing gardens and as such may be burning items when their refuse bins are at capacity and whilst recycling centres are closed. Many items should keep for the next collection if you prioritise the refuse bin for perishable/food items.

If you have to have a bonfire there are no set restrictions on this, as long as you take care to ensure that the smoke does not have the potential to cause a nuisance. You can take steps to avoid causing a nuisance by following the below guidance.

http://www.wellingborough.gov.uk/downloads/file/4694/garden_bonfires_leaflet

Stray Dogs

With families being home for longer periods of the day, it is more likely for dogs to stray due to doors/gates being left open. Please take precautions to ensure that this does not occur to protect your dogs and also to reduce the risk to our dog warden, who may be placed into a situation where it is difficult to abide by social distancing requirements while returning animals or handing them over to our kennels.