People with jobs in environmental health
in Bournemouth have urged residents to have confidence when dealing with noise pollution.
According to the Daily Echo, council officials received 1,415 noise complaints during 2010 - an increase from 1,220 in the previous year.
Excessive volume from parties was found to be the activity causing the most disturbance to community members, while 116 notifications were regarding barking dogs.
This comes after a recent survey from Which? revealed that five million people in the UK were currently annoyed by noise pollution caused by neighbours.
Matthew King, Bournemouth Council's environmental health team manager, said: "Evidence [about disturbances] can be gathered through record-keeping, noise recording equipment and visits to establish whether the noise is a statutory nuisance."
Researchers from the consumer watchdog also discovered that three in five participants had lost sleep due to loud voices or arguing from neighbours, with ten per cent of people choosing to adopt noisy routines as revenge.
Posted by Lucy Hallows