TACKLING the problem of noisy neighbours could soon be easier thanks to a new scheme from Rushmoor Council.

As part of Noise Action Day, the council has revealed plans to use its website to help people deal with what is becoming an increasing problem.

Last year it received 421 noisy neighbour

complaints, many featuring unbearably loud music or all-night DIY.

Rushmoor's health education officer Neil Luckett said the aim was to encourage people to take action before things go from bad to worse.

He added: "Everybody makes noise but excessive noise can reduce the quality of life and make people's lives a misery.

"We need to educate and inform noise makers and sufferers about how to reduce noise."

Rushmoor has no legal powers to act about certain noises — including aircraft noise, rowdy behaviour and traffic noise — but it can help with many complaints about other noise nuisance.

Neil said in most cases the best solution came through a friendly, considerate approach by those involved.

"We want to help the public take control of noise nuisance in their own way first before getting involved in serious legal or local authority enforcement procedures."

From the end of July a range of useful information will app-ear at www.rushmoor.gov.uk.

These printable pages will include diary sheets to keep a record of the noise problem, a friendly noise complaint letter and an online complaint form.

If you can't wait until then call the noise team on 01252 398177.