FOI request (FOI207824)
Nuisance noise complaints
Requested Fri 24 February 2017
Responded Fri 24 February 2017
Please provide figures of all nuisance noise complaints investigated by the council, or the current council's predecessors, from January 1st 2014 until the most recent available figures.
Please provide a breakdown of:
1 - the month and year when complaints were investigated 2 - the town, village or area where the complaints were investigated 3 - fines, penalties or prosecutions following complaints 4 - cause of noise, be it machinery, animals, music etc.
If it is not possible to provide the information requested due to the information exceeding the cost of compliance limits identified in Section 12, please provide advice and assistance, under your Section 16 obligations, as to how I can refine my request to be included in the scope of the Act.
This information is held
As requested please see below the number of noise complaints received:
• 1st Jan to 31st Dec 2014 = 1010 • 1st Jan to 31st Dec 2015 = 856 • 1st Jan to 31st Dec 2016 = 880
NOTICE OF REFUSAL
The remaining data would require looking at each individual file which would take approx. 37 hours for the years requested therefore would exceed the time limit set out by the Information Commissioner therefore under S12 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 provides an exemption from the obligation to comply with a request for information if the estimated costs of complying with that request would exceed the prescribed appropriate limit. We estimate that the costs of complying with your request would exceed the appropriate limit by a significant amount. For this reason we feel unable to comply with this question.
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