Noise officers, swamped by a massive hike in complaints about rowdy houses, are calling time on Dungannon’s reputation as ‘a party town’.
Out-of-control parties, loud music and televisions in the former Dungannon District area have caused furious neighbours to lodge a total of 34 complaints in the past year, one of the highest levels for a rural council area in the North, and a rise of 62 percent on last year’s total of 21.
By comparison, environmental health officers investigated 8 similar complaints in Cookstown, and a further 14 in Magherafelt.
As well as being a noisy party hotspot, Dungannon also had the second highest number of noise complaints relating to manufacture and industry at 22, after Lisburn’s total of 44.
Commenting on the figures released by the Department of the Environment, Minister Mark H Durkan said: “Noise is a very real problem and should not be underestimated. Noise can seriously harm human health and interfere with people’s daily activities.
“Noise is an internationally recognised problem. The World Health Organisation has identified the main health risks as including pain, impaired hearing, cardiovascular effects, altered hormone responses and altered behaviour, including aggression.
“These are very serious health impacts.”