Cotswold District Council is highlighting how to deal with noisy neighbours as part of Noise Action week.

Half a million people move home every year because of noise issues and many neighbourhood-oriented complaints to local authorities – including CDC – concern noise.

Gupti Gosine, Principal Environmental Health Officer, said: “Noise is essentially sound that disturbs, irritates or annoys us as opposed to some sound can soothe us and make us feel better – like birdsong or the seashore.

"It’s important for us all to understand the negative impact that noise can have on our health, and how this can be reduce by being more considerate."

The council has issued advice for people affected by noisy neighbours.

- Approach your neighbour and explain politely that you are being troubled by the noise. You may find this difficult, but often people are unaware that they are causing a problem.

-- When the noise is louder – such as the barking of dogs, loud music or TV, shouting, banging doors and DIY activities, remain polite when approaching your neighbour and explain what is causing you concern.

- Try to make them realise that their noise is excessive and should be reduced – or perhaps, you could come to an arrangement that they carry out noisy jobs when you are not indoors.

If you have already tried to deal with noise and the problem persists contact the Neighbourhood Services Team at Cotswold District Council on 01285 623000.

People are also advised to kee[ a record of noise complaints so they can be investigated more effectively.