For those lucky enough to have a garden, that outdoor space proves an outside bliss throughout the summer months.
Whether you’re a sun worshipper or a shade-bather, it’s nice to get outside – but what would you do if your neighbours were constantly making an annoying noise?
One woman took to Mumsnet to complain about her neighbours’ wind chimes – which they are refusing to get rid of despite her complaints.
She wrote: “We politely asked our neighbours to move their wind chimes as we could hear them clearly in our garden and in our house with the windows or doors open (these aren’t the little tinkly chimes but the big resonant tubular bells – Mike Oldfield would be proud).
“The neighbours were quite hostile but did move them – about two feet from where they had previously been. We could still hear them although slightly less frequently. We politely asked again but they were very aggressive, accused us of harassing them, and cut off all contact with us.
“The wind chimes remain. We can still hear them even on slightly breezy days. We can’t leave our bedroom window open at night as the sound carries right into our room, which is especially frustrating during this hot weather. We’ve been quite distressed and frustrated and can’t enjoy our house and garden like we used to.
“I guess some people might think we are being unreasonable – it’s only a musical noise right? Not a barking dog or anything – but this really is a problem for us. We’ve considered contacting the council about nuisance noise but this might be very provocative and also hard to prove. What should we do?”
Someone responded to the post saying: “The neighbours are selfish and inconsiderate. Why would they think other people would want to listen to the chimes?”
Another admitted they didn’t know what they would do about it but said: “It would p*ss me right off too.”
“My neighbour has wind chimes but I think they sound quite nice? The most likely solution is for you to find a way to adjust to the noise”, another suggested.
Someone else wrote: “They’re one of those things that you have to put up with – it’s annoying and they might be being unneighbourly, but that’s not a crime. Unless they’re large cymbals I doubt they’d get anywhere near the threshold of being a nuisance noise.”
Others said that they definitely thought the neighbour was in the wrong: “Someone thinking their “need” for wind chimes is more important than a neighbour being able to sleep and enjoy their home and garden is really selfish.”