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Revealed: The top 10 noisiest streets in Ipswich with most complaints since start of 2017

PUBLISHED: 17:00 07 June 2017 | UPDATED: 17:46 07 June 2017

Ranked: Noisiest streets in Ipswich. Cemetery Road came sixth with five official complaints made in just six months. Picture: PHIL MORLEY

Ranked: Noisiest streets in Ipswich. Cemetery Road came sixth with five official complaints made in just six months. Picture: PHIL MORLEY

Barking dogs, late night parties and loud music are just some of the dozens of noise complaints Ipswich council bosses have received since the start of 2017.

Bramford Road is also featured on the list. Picture: LUCY TAYLORBramford Road is also featured on the list. Picture: LUCY TAYLOR

A Star investigation has revealed the ten streets in Ipswich with the most complaints – with Foxhall Road, Birkfield Drive and Burrell Road at the top of the list.

Playing music is the most common grievance, making up 28 of the 75 received across 16 streets since January 1.

After the top three, which had 19 complaints in total, Kemball Street is ranked fourth – Bramford Road fifth and Northgate Street sixth.

The remaining four, Cemetery Road, Coltsfoot Road, Dilwyn Street and Felixstowe Road all had four appeals lodged.

Noise from pubs and clubs, house parties and construction traffic were among residents’ criticisms.

Liz Harsant, councillor for the Holywells ward where most of the incidents reported in Foxhall Road occurred, said: “This is completely unacceptable to play loud music particularly after 11 at night.

“I suffered it myself for over a year which I found disturbing so I really do sympathise with the people who have made complaints.

“With construction noise as well it is something that companies should incorporate into their management plans to minimise noise.

Foxhall Road has come top in a list of Ipswich streets with the most noise complaints since the beginning of 2017. Picture: TONY GREENFoxhall Road has come top in a list of Ipswich streets with the most noise complaints since the beginning of 2017. Picture: TONY GREEN

“I would say to the people in the Holywells part of Foxhall Road to come to me as their local councillor and I will stand up for their needs.”

Ian Blofield is Ipswich Borough Council’s head of housing and community services.

He said: “Noise can come from a number of sources and obviously the problem varies from street to street, according to the nature of the highway, numbers of residents, businesses and other factors.

“Noise nuisance from neighbours, such as loud music or pets, can be a serious blight on people’s quality of life and we take this very seriously, resorting to the courts if necessary.

Birkfield Drive in Ipswich has come second in a list of the top ten noisiest streets in the town for 2017. Picture: ANDY ABBOTTBirkfield Drive in Ipswich has come second in a list of the top ten noisiest streets in the town for 2017. Picture: ANDY ABBOTT

“We also work with partners such as the police to minimise any nuisance caused by pubs and clubs.”

A number of the streets which rank highly in the latest figures, released following a Freedom of Information request, have appeared in the top ten before.

Back in 2015 we revealed Bramford Road was the noisiest street in the town after having 80 complaints within five years.

People experiencing higher than usual noise levels should contact their council’s environmental health team, bosses have said.

Call them by dialling 01473 432000 if you have a problem.


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