Neighbour playing basketball constantly

(11 Posts)
Whenwillitbeme99 Mon 23-May-16 19:47:27

Prepared to be flamed for not letting kids play but my neighbour 2 doors along has a teenage boy who is out for around 3 hours every night bouncing a basketball up and down continuously with only brief interludes to slam it against the hoop they have had installed. The noise is driving me demented, even with my windows closed and sitting in the furthest away room l can still hear it clear as day, the constant thud thud thud angry He started around an hour ago and will be out till at least 9. Of course he is wearing those big stupid headphones kids wear so no doubt can barely hear the noise he is making.

Very reluctant to speak to his mum as she is the street busybody and well known for getting hysterical, she spread completely untrue rumours a few years ago that one of the neighbours was a paedophile just because he complained about her precious boy destroying his flowers.

Is there anything I can do short of creeping into their garden and bursting the damm basketball? All l want is a peace and quiet in my own home, have no problems with kids playing out but the constant thud thud is relentless. Would the council noise people do anything or the factor? We live on an estate, own the homes so no landlord.

VioletBam Tue 24-May-16 01:37:19

There's nothing you can do. He's playing. Get some earplugs.

kslatts Tue 24-May-16 10:04:59

Would the council noise people do anything or the factor?

Are you serious? You are considering contacting the council to complain that a teenager is playing basketball too much. YABU.

GhostofFrankGrimes Tue 24-May-16 10:13:53

Doubt you can do anything but maybe the house next door to the kid will complain? I do sympathize with you this sort of thing becomes tedious.

EarthboundMisfit Tue 24-May-16 10:25:11

I sympathiser but I think he's entitled to play. I'd just hope he gets bored soon.

Cinderbloom Tue 24-May-16 10:34:01

YANBU to find it annoying. I have to wear sleep headphones during the summer. They're more comfortable than regular ones. YouTube whatever sounds soothe you and hope for heavy rain sad

GhostofFrankGrimes Tue 24-May-16 10:35:24

Amazon sell white noise machines, might be another solution.

pudcat Tue 24-May-16 10:39:10

I do the rain dance every day here. I know there is nothing I can do about teenagers kicking heavy footballs against the fence near my house, but the noise drives me mad. I have to have all windows shut. I sit in the back room with tv on and I can still hear the thud bang thud. A kick about does not make so much noise but 3 footballs between 4 lads kicked at force is horrendous.

DonkeysDontRideBicycles Tue 24-May-16 10:50:55

I would be finding it intolerable too but I don't think there's anything you can do I'm afraid. If his mother is the sort to react badly to any criticism it's too risky to raise this, save that for something worse later. Hopefully he'll get bored.

Confession: I remember as a kid during Wimbledon fortnight getting my own ancient racquet out and hitting a tennis ball against our wall. That lasted for ten minutes until my parents roared at me.

Cinderbloom Tue 24-May-16 11:01:09

Mine too grin , I was sent down to the park. I think older DC are being kept at home more than they were when I was growing up which accounts for a lot of the noise in gardens these days. I take mine out to parks, swimming, clubs and party venues where they can let off steam but you can't do that all the time. My neighbours also invite other children to come and scream quite regularly whereas I'd have been miles away in a field somewhere at the same age.

BarbaraofSeville Tue 24-May-16 11:11:59

I feel your pain. My neighbour plays darts a lot and the walls do not mask the sound at all. So I get hours at a time of thud-thud-thud followed by a pause and then thud-thud-thud again. Repeat ad infinitum. sad

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