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noisy neighbours who appear to be running some sort of business from their front garden - who should I complain to?

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moffat Thu 14-Jul-11 19:39:16

Basically they have three cars on the driveway and play very loud music from the car radio - always seem to be tinkering with the cars - a new car appeared today. Is this reportable to someone - trading standards perhaps?

Collaborate Thu 14-Jul-11 22:59:16

Planning department. If they're running a car repair business from home it's likely to be in breach of planning.

LittlePushka Thu 14-Jul-11 23:11:47

Cant you just ask them to turn it down a little bit?

shmoz Thu 14-Jul-11 23:22:52

Yes, simply ask them politely if they can keep it down.

Why do you feel the need to report them? For having 3 cars on their driveway - oh no! shock

I shared a house with 6 people a few years ago, (nearly scarred me for life but that's another story) we had 5 cars between us and at any one time you could guarantee that one of the cars would be receiving some sort of tinkerage.

Why do you assume they are running a business?

moffat Fri 15-Jul-11 08:14:34

They do not look approachable. Cars never go anywhere just back and forth in the driveway - constantly tinkering, sitting in the cars, playing loud music.

LittlePushka Fri 15-Jul-11 22:42:34

if the cars never go anywhere it cant be much of a business! Just go and have a nice word, its not really that big a deal surely. Are you afraid of them?

Collaborate Sat 16-Jul-11 00:01:39

If they're working on their own cars then it's a hobby not a business.

ElsieMc Sat 16-Jul-11 08:30:53

Had the same problem only with motorbikes. Is the house owner occupied or are they tenants? If they are tenants they are not supposed to undertake any activity that causes a nuisance to neighbours, one being noise and will possibly be in breach of their tenancy agreement.

I do sympathise, after all their "hobby" is taking away your right to quiet enjoyment of your own garden and home.

moffat Sat 16-Jul-11 08:41:25

thanks ElsieMc they are tenants I think the owner has leased it to the Council. Have had some very dodgy people there in the past. Two cars are always there but get moved when a new car appears. Could also be benefit fraud situation I guess as they don't seem to have jobs. Littlepushka I'm not afraid of them but don't know what kind of people they are so don't want to create hostility.

Thanks for that info Collaborate will keep it in mind if things get worse.

shmoz Sat 16-Jul-11 09:26:21

Hmm, I think a visit from the authorities might get their backs up more than a friendly neighbourly request to keep the noise down a bit IMO.

LittlePushka Sat 16-Jul-11 22:43:33

Moffat, you don't need to create hostility, you can just go ask them nicely. if they refuse or give you a hard time then involve your local authority or the police on account of noisy neighbours.The environmental health dept have procedures they will instigate for noisy neighbours and the police may consider breach of the peace if it is really loud or at unsocialble hours. but the car tinkering of itself is hardly offensive, surely?

moffat Mon 18-Jul-11 13:40:11

I know what you mean LittlePushka - there is noise at odd times eg this morning at eight. It's just so weird that they sit in their cars to listen to loud music, not sure why it bothers me so much. People do tend not to stay there for very long so hopefully they will move on.

LittlePushka Mon 18-Jul-11 22:07:07

Are they quite young? Sort of 17-25 or so? Blokes? If they like cars it is sort of a rite of passage for grease monkeys. Hope you can resolve it Moffat.

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