Times’ letter: Noisy neighbours

PUBLISHED: 08:30 22 September 2019

Should Brent Council do more to tackle sleep deprivation caused by noisy neighbours. Picture: DOMINIC LIPINSKI/PA IMAGES

Should Brent Council do more to tackle sleep deprivation caused by noisy neighbours. Picture: DOMINIC LIPINSKI/PA IMAGES

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Poor sleep has impact

Trevor Ellis, Chalkhill Road, Wembley, writes:

Karachi, Pakistan is said to be one of the noisiest places to live in the world.

Much of the noise can be attributed to Karachi's traffic, which regularly produces sound in the neighborhood of 90 decibels. Daily exposure to such high levels of noise over an eight-hour period is likely to cause serious damage to the eardrums of those that live there.

Well, I'm glad that I don't live in Karachi because I am very sensitive to noise.

The other night, I barely slept because from 10pm up to 2am, all I could hear was the sound of my neighbour moving around.

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If the sound had been measured it wouldn't be as high as 90 decibels but it was loud enough to prevent me from falling asleep.

I am old enough to remember having regular sleepless nights way back in the 1970s when I lived in Rathbone House on the Kilburn square estate.

Call me unreasonable, but when I eventually moved out of the awful estate known as Chalkhill in 2001, I expected to be able to sleep at night without too much background noise.

I was wrong, and I found that it is just as difficult for me to sleep now as it was in the '70s.

Over the past 40 plus years, I have become prone to depression as a consequence of living in poor quality properties in Brent.

That begs a question in my mind which is: "Why doesn't the Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS), which Brent council uses to assess potential risks to the health and safety of people living in residential properties, give consideration to the negative impact that sleepness nights due to levels of noise coming from one's neighbours (day and night) can have upon the mental health of people living in properties which are owned by the local authority or housing associations?

If anyone can help advise on this issue please do so through this newspaper.

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