Belfast second worst city for UK noise complaints

By Rebecca Black

DEFRA Northern Ireland


Belfast is the second noisiest city in the UK, according to the number of complaints received by local councils.

Freedom of Information Act requests sent to 253 local authorities across the UK reveal that the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea received the most complaints – 34,910 – between January 1, 2015 and August 31, 2017.

The main cause for complaint was music, followed by building work and buskers.

Belfast was second, with 17,480 complaints in the same period.

The least number of complaints were made in the Isles of Scilly (40) and the Outer Hebrides (40).

Matt Carey, head of digital marketing at Anglian Home Improvements, which carried out the research, said: “Anyone struggling with noisy neighbours this winter should look at straightforward soundproofing techniques in their home.”

The company provides tips online on helping homeowners to do this at

Belfast Telegraph