ICE-CREAM vans, noisy animals and annoying car alarms were amongst the reasons that residents lodged noise complaints to Glasgow City Council last year.

New data has revealed that a total of 5993 complaints were lodged throughout 2020 – compared to 7351 the previous year.

Residents in G20, which includes areas such as Maryhill, Wynford and Ruchill, complained the most, along with those living in G3 - Finnieston, Kelvingrove, and Woodlands - with both postcodes recording 385 complaints.

A total of 152 of these in G20 were due to amplified noise such as music and TV.

There were also five complaints about animals, 51 regarding construction and 34 about intruder alarms.

Meanwhile in G34, which covers Easterhouse, only 34 complaints were made – 14 were to do with voices and banging noises.

Chimes from ice-cream vans annoyed residents in G33 the most, which covers areas such as Blackhill, Riddrie and Carntyne, with eight complaints made regarding the tunes.

The chimes also annoyed residents in the G53 postcode, which covers Pollok, Nitshill, and Darnley. These areas also recorded 39 complaints from music and televisions.

Research shows noise disturbance is the most common anti-social behaviour reported to the police, local authorities and housing associations across the UK.

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Glasgow City Council’s noise teams can investigate complaints about domestic and commercial properties but will not take action about noise coming from children playing, loud footsteps or where sound proofing is a factor, and recommends neighbours access a mediation service in those cases.

Council officers have the power to issue fines for persistent noise breaches.

Figures obtained by a Freedom of Information request show that amplified noise attracted the most complaints – 2127, followed by construction – 449.

Residents from the G43 postcode were the only people to flag the noise of the railway, with three complaints made. Stations within the area include Pollokshaws East, Pollokshaws West, and Langside.

Throughout city, no complaints were made about road traffic.

Vibration noises annoyed people living within several areas including Trongate, Dumbreck and Pollokshields.

Meanwhile, musical instruments were a nuisance for people living in G31 (Dennistoun, Haghill and Parkhead), as 21 complaints were lodged regarding their sounds.

Residents in Anniesland and High Knightswood were also annoyed by musical instruments and decided to notify the council on 12 different occasions throughout the year.

Other noises which were recorded as complaints included DIY, car alarms and commercial.

A total of 53 complaints were made regarding car alarms going off – 18 of these were within the G3 postcode – which covers areas in the city’s West End such as Kelvingrove, Yorkhill and Finnieston.

Meanwhile, the council received 348 complaints regarding commercial noise, with Shawlands, Pollokshields and Strathbungo residents in G41 concerned the most.

A Glasgow City Council spokeswoman said: “The council will investigate noise complaints, whether it’s in a domestic or commercial setting. If it’s established that there is a noise issue, officers can issue verbal warnings, warning notices and Fixed Penalty Notices.

"We also have a Mediation Service which looks to resolve neighbour disputes such as anti-social behaviour through support and early intervention.

"The service is free, confidential and impartial and is available to all citizens of Glasgow. It can be used in any situation where there is conflict and all parties are helped to talk things through and find common ground.”