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Good Neighbour Policy

Thu 1 Aug 2019

A Lustleigh Parish Council Voluntary Code

Advice on being a Good Neighbour

Sometimes it is easy to overlook how our behaviour might be impacting on our neighbours, especially if our neighbours feel inhibited in any way from mentioning their concerns to us.  Failing to consider how our neighbours might feel about the use of power tools at unsocial hours, for example, or having a bonfire at the wrong time or in poor weather conditions can often have unpleasant consequences.

Occasionally these issues can lead to stress and misery that can result in an impact upon our neighbour’s quality of life.  Most of what we can do to be more considerate to our neighbours is simple common sense, but it can make a big difference to the quality of our neighbour’s lives and their health.

Power Tools

The use of these is necessary in many large gardens in our village. It is to be hoped, however, that many villagers will move to battery-powered tools as the technology improves, as these are quieter and much less polluting.

Consider whether the grass needs mowing. (e.g.: A large area of grass can look better as a flower-covered meadow with some nice paths mown through and around it. And it is certainly better for wildlife and the environment)

Consider the timing. Restrict the noise to the middle part of weekdays if possible. If weekends are the only option, then Saturdays rather than Sundays. Keep to the middle of the day and try to never make machinery noise on quiet sunny evenings or early mornings, when many of your neighbours are likely to be out enjoying bird song and the general tranquillity of our lovely village.

Bonfires

These should be very much the exception. Full use should be made of the local authority’s fortnightly garden waste collection service.

Much garden waste can be composted or left in a pile so that birds can forage for worms and insects. This especially applies to autumn leaves which should never be burnt.

When tree and shrub material needs to be disposed of then making mulch or compost is best, or removal from the site if possible.

If burning must take place then leave the material to dry for as long as possible (e.g.: holly and laurel will burn almost smoke-free if left for 2-3 months). Consideration must be given to weather conditions and wind direction. This especially applies on windless days in the autumn when cold air filled with any smoke stays trapped at a low level in our valley and is very unpleasant for residents in the centre of our village.

There are a good number of thatched houses in the area. Fires should not be ignited when the wind is in a direction where sparks might hit nearby thatch.

As with power tools, consider the timing. Restrict them to the middle part of weekdays if possible, no later than one hour before sunset.

Lustleigh Parish Council,  September 2019


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