App launched to help target nuisance noise

Targeting Nuisance Noise for Appy Citizens: Mid & East Antrim Borough Council has launched its first free mobile app targeting nuisance noise, The Noise App, in partnership with the Police Service of Northern Ireland and the Northern Ireland Housing Executive. Pictured at the launch event at The Braid, Ballymena, is Deputy Mayor, Alderman William McNeilly, Inspector Heather Scott from the PSNI, Mairead Myles Davy from the NI Housing Executive.
Targeting Nuisance Noise for Appy Citizens: Mid & East Antrim Borough Council has launched its first free mobile app targeting nuisance noise, The Noise App, in partnership with the Police Service of Northern Ireland and the Northern Ireland Housing Executive. Pictured at the launch event at The Braid, Ballymena, is Deputy Mayor, Alderman William McNeilly, Inspector Heather Scott from the PSNI, Mairead Myles Davy from the NI Housing Executive.

Mid and East Antrim Borough Council has launched its first ever mobile app to help target nuisance noise.

‘The Noise App’ has been launched in partnership with the Police Service of Northern Ireland and the Northern Ireland Housing Executive and any local residents with a smartphone or tablet can now download the free software application and use it to submit evidence in relation to an alleged noise nuisance.

While reporting of a noise nuisance to the Council is still done in normal way, residents now have the option of using the new ‘Noise App’ to log when the noise happens and also to actually record it.

Deputy Mayor of Mid and East Antrim Borough, Alderman William McNeilly, said: “The Council is committed to using new technology to benefit local residents and hopefully help expedite noise nuisance investigations.

“The ‘Noise App’ is straightforward to use and makes it easy to log dates and times, as well as make recordings, then send these to the investigating Environmental Health Officer electronically - again through the actual ‘Noise App’.”

Speaking at the launch in The Braid, Ballymena, the Deputy Mayor said: “Using the app doesn’t replace noise monitoring visits by council officers to determine whether a statutory noise nuisance exists, but it makes it easier for residents to provide evidence to support their allegations.”

The technology also permits the investigating officer to share, where appropriate, noise recordings with both Northern Ireland Housing Executive and the PSNI, who are Council’s partners in tackling anti-social behaviour.

These recordings can be utilised to their bolster evidence should enforcement action need to be taken.

According to Council, a noise nuisance is more than annoyance and much more than just detection of a noise. It is a noise that affects people in a significant and unreasonable way.

Officials can investigate noise nuisance caused by music, DIY work, motors running or barking dogs.

Anybody who has concerns about noise or wishes to find out more about ‘The Noise App’ can visit the Council’s website at:

www.midandeastantrim.gov.uk/community/environmental-health/noise

‘The Noise App’ is available to download for free now from the App Store.