Help incredibly noisy kids behind me and to the side of me

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Jane1977
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Help incredibly noisy kids behind me and to the side of me

Postby Jane1977 » Tue Mar 24, 2020 11:02 pm

Hi folks,
Desperately looking advice here. The house behind me has three kids. Who I know are just playing and totally get that. But for the last six years the noise levels of them banging balls and screaming for hours upon hours means I can't enjoy my own garden and have to hide away with earphones on. Over those 6 years I have complained by letters and to the army who owns the house. But yet again it's started up again. On top of that another issue has occurred my lovely neighbors beside me moved out last summer. And a new family has moved in they seem nice. But just my luck the son has the spotlight on sometimes 8 sometimes 9 and now sometimes 10pm at night. Yet again I don't want to fall out with anyone but letters have been sent I have went in and asked it to stop. But it's just not stopping. Can anyone help I'm at my wit's end. I can't afford to move and don't know what to do. Oh and the council are useless.

Please help, preferably no jokes.
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Postby NVmum80 » Mon Mar 30, 2020 5:44 am

Really not sure you can do anything, to be honest. We’re in trying times and containing children in such a small space isn’t easy....Nevermind when parents are trying to work and they can’t even get them to the park. It’s just impossible to keep them in the house or very quiet for extended periods of time. If you haven’t had a response, I say now isn’t the right time to push the issue, given what everyone is going through. Best to be in it together, accepting the bad, so we can come out together. And when we do, maybe they’ll be more considerate of your situation. I say consider yourself lucky for not having little ones nipping at your feet all day, put the headphones and relax in your garden!
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Postby LP73 » Mon Mar 30, 2020 7:18 am

Move to the Country?! In all honesty it is London and you cannot expect them to stay in and be quiet.
Yes 10pm is late and sending letters is not the right way of dealing with it either.
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Postby ron » Mon Mar 30, 2020 8:19 am

If this is played harmlessly through a loudspeaker at high volume level (adults will not hear !)
the kids will go indoors or close windows as find very annoying to say the least.

Teen ringtone has two uses:
The High frequency tone cannot be heard by adults so if used as a ringtone at school the teacher will not know your phone is ringing.

The second Adult use is to play over public address system in shopping malls or supermarkets and other locations where groups of youths hang out from boredom or to make trouble. Adult shoppers will not notice the sound but it will be harmless and very annoying to young troublemakers who will leave the area. (burn .wav file on CD and set to repeat play when used)
Download here free from my site. Hope it is of use... switch off when their noise stops and on if it starts they will soon get it.

ssrichardmontgomery(dot com)/download/teenringtone.wav
or
ssrichardmontgomery(dot com)/download/teenringtone.wav
(copy and paste url into your browser)
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Postby Hawthorne4 » Mon Mar 30, 2020 10:21 am

Beats by Dr Dre Sound Cancelling Wireless Headphones. 

 
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Postby dudette » Mon Mar 30, 2020 12:47 pm

Really Ron that’s a horrible thing to suggest. Keeping young kids confined all day is just cruel and I’m afraid the OP just comes across as a grumpy old killjoy. If you don’t like the sound of children playing then you really should have moved to the country years ago. If you can’t afford to move now then go and buy some noise cancelling headphones and read Oscar Wild’s The Selfish Giant.
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Postby Sparklingbee » Mon Mar 30, 2020 2:16 pm

Jane1977 I totally understand how you feel. I have also felt like that in the past, in fact I ended up going to see a hypnotherapist which has helped a bit to 'filter' out the noise that stressed me out completely. We had a period of time where the noise would start from very early in the morning which woke us up as our bedroom is at the back of the house. Our house did not feel like a home because the noise was so intrusive - there was no escape. We are lucky we have considerate neighbours and a few polite whats app messages have sorted out most of the issues. What we found was that the parents often don't realise how noisy their kids are because they are a bit immune to it. There is nothing selfish about expecting to be able to enjoy your home and garden without the intrusion of screaming and shouting kids. I think that if we were to play extremely loud music all day from our garden I am sure we would get complaints.  However, I guess there has to be a balance on both sides. With regards to the spotlight, have you tried the council ? - although I am not sure that this would be a priority in the current circumstances. Does the light and noise impact anyone else - perhaps you could join forces and address the situation jointly?? Sorry this is not much help but I wanted you to know I understand how you must be feeling.
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Postby judithhoward » Mon Mar 30, 2020 3:16 pm

You have my sympathy, as I suffered from noisy children for years, to the point I even considered moving!  Unfortunately, as Jane commented, parents to get immune to it - or they go elsewhere in the house where they don't hear it, and leave the au pair in charge of the kids!    I don't think it's unreasonable to ask them to find quieter games which don't involve banging or knocking on the walls - maybe some craft activites?  
Despite the current restrictions, as far as I know Wandsworth Common is still open, and if parents are working from home or on furlough, surely they can take the children on the common to let off steam?  (actually easier now than when parents were out at work!). 
As a footnote, as the weather gets warmer, may I ask everyone please to go easy on BBQs, as being at home we all need to enjoy our gardens without being assaulted by stinking greasy smoke.....!!  Maybe cook indoors and picnic outside?   Many thanks!
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Postby ColinMorris » Mon Apr 06, 2020 9:32 pm

Thanks for advising on this issue)
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Postby Lilyr » Thu Jul 30, 2020 8:33 pm

I disagree, some people are very sensitive to noise, those with fibromyalgia, autism, misophonia & HSP, and for us the sound of kids screaming is like a nail hammered into our eardrums 😵.... it's not a "choice" to be massively stressed by this, the sound of a scream is designed to 'jolt' the amygdala in the brain, practically triggering a panic attack. Long term exposure to such noise is known to be hugely deleterious to health (read the LSE 2015 report on this). Our Scandinavian neighbours, far more savvy than the UK) are recognising this & starting to take steps to control domestic noise & strengthen their legislation.
Can't come soon enough...
Sure we know kids should play outside & the sound of a child's laughter is truly wonderful.....but we're not talking about laughter, we're talking about that high pitched squealing that parents appear to become immured to & expect the rest of us to as well....they are never told to play quietly or come inside, parents are probably just glad it isn't in their vicinity.
This is selfish...... because we didn't choose to have children and don't welcome the issues your choices (children) inflict on us... please try to parent them & recognise that noise is an issue for some people and we'll take their laughter, just a little less of the screams please?....
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Postby Lilyr » Thu Jul 30, 2020 8:34 pm

I disagree, some people are very sensitive to noise, those with fibromyalgia, autism, misophonia & HSP, and for us the sound of kids screaming is like a nail hammered into our eardrums 😵.... it's not a "choice" to be massively stressed by this, the sound of a scream is designed to 'jolt' the amygdala in the brain, practically triggering a panic attack. Long term exposure to such noise is known to be hugely deleterious to health (read the LSE 2015 report on this). Our Scandinavian neighbours, far more savvy than the UK) are recognising this & starting to take steps to control domestic noise & strengthen their legislation.
Can't come soon enough...
Sure we know kids should play outside & the sound of a child's laughter is truly wonderful.....but we're not talking about laughter, we're talking about that high pitched squealing that parents appear to become immured to & expect the rest of us to as well....they are never told to play quietly or come inside, parents are probably just glad it isn't in their vicinity.
This is selfish...... because we didn't choose to have children and don't welcome the issues your choices (children) inflict on us... please try to parent them & recognise that noise is an issue for some people and we'll take their laughter, just a little less of the screams please?....
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Postby pie81 » Mon Aug 10, 2020 9:13 am

Tricky. I don’t know what your letters and requests have said but in general I would say a specific, limited request will have most success.

So rather than asking for “less noise” perhaps you could pinpoint one or two specific noises that bother you most and ask the parents to see if they can get the children to reduce those?

You could also ask if there are times they are usually indoors/not around so that you can use the garden then.
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Postby Beancounter » Mon Aug 10, 2020 9:36 am

We live near a school where the screaming from the playground is non-stop. They stagger playtimes and use the same space for sport so we have the sports teacher bellowing as well. It’s a big problem now people are working at home.

We shall be contacting the council and getting them to monitor the noise level, and there are also barriers which absorb sound which the school can put round the boundaries. It’s a private school so they can afford it.

Now people are at home more and working, people will need to be more considerate. If the property is owned by the army you should be able to ask for the sound barriers.
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