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New Research Reveals People Who Live In Leeds Have The Noisiest Neighbours

New Research Reveals People Who Live In Leeds Have The Noisiest Neighbours

It's 2am. You're trying to sleep, but there's the mother of all house parties raging next door. The kind where it sounds like the windows might spontaneously combust and someone passes out in the front garden.

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We've all been there - and realistically, at some point in our lives, we've been the ones making the noise.

But are we significantly more likely to be plagued by noisy neighbours in some cities - or boroughs within them - than others?

Going by statistics gathered by conveyancing, surveying and removal services provider Compare My Move, the answer is yes.

The research is based on the number of noise complaints received by local councils over the last 3 years. (Credit: Shutterstock)
The research is based on the number of noise complaints received by local councils over the last 3 years. (Credit: Shutterstock)

The research is based on the number of noise complaints received by local councils over the last three years.

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So, who's making the biggest racket? Leeds, apparently. The city clocked up a whopping 27, 316 noise complaints, closely followed by Glasgow (20, 521), and Belfast with (20, 216).

Glasgow came second with 20,521 sound complaints (Credit: Unsplash)
Glasgow came second with 20,521 sound complaints (Credit: Unsplash)

The top ten UK cities with the noisiest neighbours are below, ranked alongside their total number of noise complaints from 2016-2019:

  1. Leeds - 27,316
  2. Glasgow - 20,521
  3. Belfast - 20,261
  4. Birmingham - 15,643
  5. Manchester - 15,131
  6. Southampton - 10,135
  7. Liverpool - 9,090
  8. Leicester - 7,507
  9. Sheffield - 7,172
  10. Bradford - 6,767

Looking at London, we can reveal the noisiest boroughs were Westminster (trust politicians to make a lot of noise) with 50, 569 complaints. Coming in second was Kensington and Chelsea (41, 499) and third Hammersmith and Fulham (41, 412).

Westminster had the highest number of sound complaints of London boroughs - 50,569 in total (Credit: Unsplash)
Westminster had the highest number of sound complaints of London boroughs - 50,569 in total (Credit: Unsplash)
  1. Westminster - 50,569
  2. Kensington and Chelsea - 41,499
  3. Hammersmith and Fulham - 41,412
  4. Southwark - 32,273
  5. Haringey - 16,319
  6. Wandsworth - 11,759
  7. Greenwich - 11,265
  8. Ealing - 11,264
  9. Redbridge - 9,878
  10. Waltham Forest - 9,143

Call us devil's advocates, but it's interesting to consider whether these are genuinely the noisiest cities and boroughs across the country, or those where the neighbours are quickest to complain?

Sadly, there's no easy way of exploring that alternative theory.

We'll be packing some ear plugs on our next trip to Leeds, just in case.

Featured Image Credit: Unsplash/Shutterstock

Topics: Life News, Life

Mary-Jane Wiltsher

Mary-Jane Wiltsher is a freelance lifestyle and culture journalist. Elsewhere she writes for Stylist, Euronews, PHOENIX and What We Seee.

 

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