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Everyone is going to be experiencing difficulties and stresses because of the current restrictions on movement, with some people being confined to their homes and where available, gardens, and a considerable number of people working and schooling from home.

These restrictions are clearly essential to reduce the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) and protect everyone's health and save lives. However, that means we will probably be seeing and hearing more of our neighbours than we are used to.  In some situations, this may lead to frustrations or annoyance with noise we do not want to hear.

With this in mind, we would urge everyone to be considerate of their neighbours by thinking about how noise from your home could be causing problems and upset to others.  For the same reason, we would urge everyone to be more tolerant and patient with noise and activity that they won't be used to hearing.  There is a real need to show some good will at this time - download our top-tips here

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Top-tips to prevent neighbour nuisance 

Amplified music /games

Consider volume - if you can hear it beyond the boundary of your home and garden, it's probably too loud

Speakers - if you're listening to music in the garden, please position speakers towards your own home, pointing away from neighbouring properties.


Is the work noisy? Think about the hours you are undertaking it and try not to do it late at night

Heads up - if you're planning on doing some home improvements during your time at home, please let your neighbours know in advance - post a letter or message them

Garden bonfires and bbqs

Appeal - St Helens Council has joined forces with Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service and other local authorities in issuing an urgent appeal to residents to not light garden bonfires. Garden waste can go in your brown bin at this time, be stored for collection when our garden waste service eventually resumes, or you could think about composting garden waste for use in your garden.

Remember -  smoke can be harmful to someone with a respiratory problem such as Asthma and even Coronavirus (COVID-19) - it can also prevent others from getting fresh air in the garden

Danger - burning household rubbish or plastics, foam or paint can produce toxic fumes.

BBQ?- let your neighbours know and never leave it unattended. Keep smoke and noise under control. People should also remember that gatherings in their home or garden with people who do not live with them are currently banned under social distancing rules.


Barking - dogs may bark because they are lonely which can disturb neighbours - please don't leave them unattended if they are likely to bark

Take the lead - if you're walking your dog in the park, please keep them on their lead so you can control your social distance from others.

Pick it up - if you're out walking your dog under social distancing rules, please take a bag out with you and clean-up after them - you can dispose of the waste bag in any public bin or take it home with you. Don't ruin the outdoors for others.

For more information about Stay At Home Guidance, visit: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

Social - distancing breaches

Merseyside Police have issued the following guidance when it comes to reporting breaches of social distancing regulations: 

Only report something if you think there is a serious breach of the rules like:

  • a gathering of more than two people from different households, in the park or on the streets
  • a house party with people who don't live at the house
  • people drinking together at a pub, bar, cafe or restaurant
  • a crowded shop where people are refusing to keep their distance from each other

 To report online, visit:  https://www.merseyside.police.uk/tua/tell-us-about/c19/tell-us-about-possible-breach-coronavirus-measures/