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Noise complaints rose to 1,000 a day during the pandemic says Churchill insurance

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Complaints about neighbour noise have soared during the pandemic as people spend more time in their homes.

The number of complaints made to councils every day rose by 28 per cent, according to new research by insurer Churchill.

It found that there were 1,000 noise complaints a day, the equivalent of 40 an hour across Britain. 

The number of complaints made to councils every day rose by 28 per cent, according to new research by insurer Churchill

The number of complaints made to councils every day rose by 28 per cent, according to new research by insurer Churchill

Six of the top 10 councils with the highest number of noise complaints were in London, according to research by insurer Churchill

Six of the top 10 councils with the highest number of noise complaints were in London, according to research by insurer Churchill

Nearly 370,000 noise complaints were made between April 2020 and March 2021, compared to 289,000 in the year previous. 

Most councils – at 86 per cent – reported an increase in noise complaints during the 2020 to 2021 period compared to the same period a year earlier. 

Six of the top 10 councils with the highest number of noise complaints were in London.

The capital’s noise hotspots included Newham with 16,300 complaints, Islington at 15,900 and Kensington and Chelsea at 15,500.

Kensington and Chelsea saw the greatest number of neighbour noise complaints per capita, with 99 for every 1,000 inhabitants.

Neighbour noise has had a negative impact on the mental health of almost a third of people at 32 per cent, which equates to around 16.7million people, according to the survey.

Neighbours playing music was considered as the worst noise for mental health at 34 per cent.

It was followed by noise from children at 30 per cent, garden noise at 30 per cent, parties at 29 per cent and neighbours coming and going at antisocial hours at 24 per cent.

Nearly half at 43 per cent believe themselves to be more aware of noisy neighbours now than before the pandemic began, while more than a third at 39 per cent are more aware of their own noise now.

Nearly half at 43 per cent believe themselves to be more aware of noisy neighbours now than before the pandemic began

Nearly half at 43 per cent believe themselves to be more aware of noisy neighbours now than before the pandemic began

COUNCILS THAT RECEVED THE MOST NOISE COMPLAINTS IN 2020/21
Local council Noise complaints, 2020/21 Percentage increase vs 2019/20
Dudley 26,000 42
London Borough of Newham 16,300 47
London Borough of Islington 15.9 107
Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea 15,500 18
London Borough of Barking and Dagenham 10,700 48
Birmingham 10,100 57
North Lanarkshire 9,100 -13
London Borough of Haringey 7,300 37
London Borough of Redbridge 6,400 73
Southampton 6,200 46
UK total 368,924 28
Source: Churchill Home Insurance   

Despite suffering from increased neighbour noise nuisance, only 11 per cent of those affected reported it to their local council. 

Based on a total of 370,000 noise complaints reported to councils in the last year, this suggests as much as 3.3million noise issues were caused in 2020/21, an average of more than 9,000 a day and much more than those officially recorded.

In 29 per cent of cases, the complainant spoke to their neighbour about the problem but in fewer than a third of these cases they were successful in stopping the noise. 

Other common actions taken were contacting the neighbour’s landlord at 16 per cent and reporting them to the police at 14 per cent.

Steven Williams, of Churchill home insurance, said: ‘The pandemic has seen us confined to our homes which means we’ve probably all become very aware of noises around us.

‘As we go into more of a ‘new normal’, many of us will carry on working from home, at least part of the time, so noisy neighbours will continue to be really disruptive.

‘It may be the case that neighbours don’t realise they are being noisy so the first step should always be speaking to them and explaining the problem. 

‘If that doesn’t work and they carry on, then keep a record of the type of noise and time of day and speak to your local council about raising a potential noise complaint.’ 

REGIONAL NOISE COMPLAINTS
Region Noise complaints, 2020/21 Percentage increase vs 2019/20 Share of all complaints 2020/21
London 123,919 37 34
West Midlands 50,049 36 14
South East 43,522 32 12
Scotland 35,643 8 10
East of England 23,659 19 6
North West 18,433 27 5
Yorkshire and the Humber 17,167 12 5
East Midlands 15,763 37 4
South West 15,651 21 4
Wales 12,982 23 4
North East 6,504 34 2
Northern Ireland 5,632 -17 2
Total 368,924 28 100
Source:  Churchill Home Insurance    

The research found that people are most likely to have been affected by noise in London, where 51 per cent of people have been negatively impacted by their neighbours.

It is followed by those in the North East at 37 per cent, and the South West and Scotland both at 34 per cent.

Dudley in the West Midlands took the top spot for number of neighbour noise complaints, with 26,000 complaints made to councils.

Birmingham also made the top 10, with 10,100 complaints received. North Lanarkshire was the only Scottish council that made it into the top 10, receiving 9,100 noise complaints last year.

At the other end of the scale, Wiltshire received only nine complaints last year, North Kesteven received 13 and Tamworth received 37.

On a broader regional basis, London accounted for 34 per cent of all noise complaints last year, with an average of 38 complaints for every 1,000 households.

On a household basis, this is ahead of the West Midlands at 22 per 1,000, Scotland at 15 per 1,000 and the South East at 12 per 1,000.

Every region saw an increase in noise complaints in the year April 2020 to March 2021 compared to the previous year except for Northern Ireland.

Psychologist Donna Dawson, said: ‘The past 18 months have seen our behaviour change in so many ways. With most of us being limited to our homes on a daily basis, it is understandable that noise complaints have risen. 

‘Even small changes in sound can cause increased anxiety and stress for many people, especially if it disrupts home life and makes it difficult to relax, work or look after family.

‘It is always best to try speaking to a neighbour if you feel their noise is unreasonable, but do so when you are not feeling anxious or angry at the time.’

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Oscar-winning La La Land star Emma Stone places three-bedroom Malibu home up for sale for $4.2M

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Oscar-winning La La Land star Emma Stone places three-bedroom Malibu home up for sale for $4.2 million

  • Stone, 33, purchased the oceanfront property for $3.25 in 2018
  • The home spans more than 1,700 sq. feet over 3.2 acres of property in the luxe Southern California area 
  • The home includes exquisite views of the Los Angeles cityscape, Pacific Ocean and Catalina Island 
  • Stone also owns houses in Los Angeles and Austin, Texas; and an apartment in Manhattan 

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Emma Stone is looking to sell her three-bedroom, two-bathroom home in Malibu, California for $4.2 million.

The 33-year-old actress has listed the mid-century bungalow home on the real estate market, about four years after she purchased the oceanfront property for $3.25 in 2018, The Wall Street Journal reported.

The one-story home belonging to the Oscar-winning La La Land star spans more than 1,700 sq. feet over 3.2 acres of property in the luxe Southern California area.

The latest: Emma Stone, 33, is looking to sell her three-bedroom, two-bathroom home in Malibu, California for $4.2 million. The Academy Award-winning actress was snapped in Athens, Greece earlier this month

The latest: Emma Stone, 33, is looking to sell her three-bedroom, two-bathroom home in Malibu, California for $4.2 million. The Academy Award-winning actress was snapped in Athens, Greece earlier this month 

Sotheby’s International Realty listing agent Eric Lavey, who is the listing agent on the property, described the home to the paper as ‘a classic 1958 California Midcentury hanging over the Pacific’ and ‘the Malibu beach house they would choose for a Nancy Meyers movie.’

The Scottsdale, Arizona-born beauty’s home includes exquisite views of the Los Angeles cityscape, Pacific Ocean and Catalina Island, and is within walking distance of nearby hiking trails and the beach.

The Cruella star’s house, which has been renovated in recent years, has a state-of-the-art kitchen with gold accents.

The living room of the abode is centered around a fireplace encased in a white brick column, as floor-to-ceiling windows in the home allow for sunlight to pour in.

The living room of the abode is centered around a fireplace encased in a white brick column

The living room of the abode is centered around a fireplace encased in a white brick column

The home boasts amazing views of the Pacific Ocean via multiple angles and vantage points

The home boasts amazing views of the Pacific Ocean via multiple angles and vantage points 

The home features a dining area outdoors which is sequestered by eucalyptus and yucca trees

The home features a dining area outdoors which is sequestered by eucalyptus and yucca trees

A dining room in the home sits adjacent to an outdoor patio

A dining room in the home sits adjacent to an outdoor patio 

A bathroom in the home has a standalone bathtub along with a rain shower.

The home features a dining area outdoors which is sequestered by eucalyptus and yucca trees, and a patio with a panoramic view of the coast.

Other amenities the home features includes a recreation room and art studio.

The Cruella star's house, which has been renovated in recent years, has a state-of-the-art kitchen

The Cruella star’s house, which has been renovated in recent years, has a state-of-the-art kitchen 

The home is made of white brick and wood with gold accents and state-of-the-art appliances

The home is made of white brick and wood with gold accents and state-of-the-art appliances 

A dine-in area sits adjacent to the kitchen in the stunning beach home

A dine-in area sits adjacent to the kitchen in the stunning beach home 

In the years since she acquired the home, Stone in 2020 wed writer Dave McCary, 36, and the couple welcomed a baby daughter in March of 2021.

According to the paper, Stone also owns houses in Los Angeles and Austin, Texas; and an apartment in Manhattan.

Lavey told the paper that he expected the house to sell quickly, as there is a scarcity of homes in that price range in Malibu, and residents of other well-heeled Los Angeles locales such as Beverly Hills or Holmby Hills are partial to purchasing smaller beach homes.

A master bedroom in the home outlooks a panoramic view of the Pacific Ocean

A master bedroom in the home outlooks a panoramic view of the Pacific Ocean 

Floor-to-ceiling windows in the home allow for sunlight to pour into the home

Floor-to-ceiling windows in the home allow for sunlight to pour into the home 

A bathroom in the home includes a rain shower and standalone tub

A bathroom in the home includes a rain shower and standalone tub

A shower in the bathroom has a glass door with gold fixtures

A shower in the bathroom has a glass door with gold fixtures 

A brick-lined patio area boasts a stunning view of the Pacific Ocean

A brick-lined patio area boasts a stunning view of the Pacific Ocean 

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More than 9,000 artists apply for universal basic income scheme

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More than 9,000 artists have applied for a new dedicated basic income scheme which will see successful applicants receive €325 a week.

Minister for the Arts Catherine Martin said there had been a “huge level of enthusiasm” for the scheme and described the plans as a “watershed moment” for the sector.

Assessment of the applications has started and the process will take a number of weeks given the high volume received.

The basic income scheme was launched in April when the Government announced the payment would be made available to 2,000 applicants in total.

The Coalition has said the objective of the scheme is to address the earnings instability that can be associated with the intermittent and sometimes project-based nature of work in the arts.

The process for selecting successful applicants will be non-competitive, so once a person satisfies the eligibility criteria they will be included in a randomised selection process to pick the successful 2,000. It is understood unsuccessful but eligible applicants will be invited to participate in a control group to help with an appraisal of the pilot scheme.

A basic income for artists was the main recommendation of the Arts and Culture Recovery Taskforce set up in 2020 to examine how the sector could adapt and recover from the crisis caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

The scheme opened for applications on April 12th and closed on Thursday, May 12th.

The Department of Arts said the highest number of applications came from those in the visual arts sector, followed by those involved in music, then film and then literature.

‘Watershed moment’

Speaking to The Irish Times, Ms Martin said it represented “a watershed moment in the funding of artistic practice in Ireland”.

“The new measure makes a statement about our values as a nation – that the voices of artists have been heard and that the arts matter. This is a unique opportunity to research the impact a basic income could have on the arts and to provide the evidence base for a permanent support.

“I am very pleased with the huge level of enthusiasm for the basic income for the arts pilot scheme and am delighted that over 9,000 artists and creative arts workers were willing to participate in this innovate research project.”

Mr Martin said the scheme “heralds a new approach to the way the State funds and recognises her artists and I look forward to seeing the data and findings of the research during the pilot”.

There had been significant interest in the new scheme for artists from other countries, media and practitioners, which indicated the enthusiasm in the arts globally for the move, the Minister added.

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Neinver begins construction of Alpes The Style Outlets (FR)

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NEINVER has resumed construction works at Alpes The Style Outlets, which once completed will mark the company’s 17th outlet centre across 6 European countries. The company broke ground last March and works are advancing on schedule, with the development of three platforms that will house the main building and car park all well underway. Alpes The Style Outlets, which will be NEINVER’s second outlet centre in France, boasts an exceptional location near the Swiss border, close to Geneva and next to key tourist destinations. It will feature 20,400m² of GLA, over 90 boutiques and restaurants providing both local and international cuisine.

 

“France is a strategic market for NEINVER. Our aim is to develop and operate this centre with the local community firmly involved, providing it with an exciting leisure option, while also contributing to improving the region’s economic and social development,” commented Daniel Losantos, NEINVER Chief Executive Officer. “Outlet centres have shown continued resilience, and this development is a clear vote of confidence in the sector and in the opportunity the site offers to brands to further grow their business.”

 

Located 25 minutes from Geneva, the scheme will offer 1,350 parking spaces and will have direct access to the A-40 motorway, a key transport link between France and Switzerland and to popular winter destinations. It will also be easily accessible by high-speed train thanks to the Paris to Geneva connection, with a TGV station located just 5 minutes from the future centre.

 

“We are seeing keen interest from our brand partners in this one-of-a-kind project due to its exciting retail proposition and its unique location, with great brands such as Adidas, Guess and Levi’s already joining the scheme”, said Joan Rouras, NEINVER Leasing and Retail Director. The centre is exceptionally well located in the Grand Genève area, which enjoys a strong purchasing power and high levels of tourism. The region has also seen a spike in population growth in recent years and is expected to continue increasing significantly in the coming years. To attract these customers, we are designing a destination that will feature an exclusive retail mix of sought-after international brands and the best of what the local area has to offer – a compelling offer for any fashion lover or avid sports fan.”

 

Finely tuned to the local landscape, Alpes The Style Outlets will offer an avant-garde atmosphere, combining natural materials such as wood and stone for a contemporary look. In this open mall concept designed in an “Alpine village” style with chalet-style shops and terraces, NEINVER plans to create a promenade destination and a relaxing day-out providing much more than just shopping. Lyon-based SEV Architectures will project monitor the construction under the coordination and supervision of Arcadis, leading global design and consultancy.

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