Newspaper article The Canadian Press

New Data Shows Nuisance Noise Prompts Growing Complaints across Vancouver

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

New Data Shows Nuisance Noise Prompts Growing Complaints across Vancouver

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Vancouver pinpoints noisiest neighbourhoods

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VANCOUVER - New statistics indicate peace and quiet can be a disappearing commodity in some Vancouver neighbourhoods.

Data from Vancouver's 311 call service reveals 2,148 noise complaints were received in 2015, almost double those received just four years earlier.

More than half originated in just five of the city's 22 neighbourhoods, led by 421 complaints from the Yaletown and downtown area and 264 in the west end.

Other noisy neighbourhoods include Mount Pleasant, Kitsilano and Grandview-Woodlands, with more than 100 noise complaints in 2015, while Oakridge, South Cambie and Arbutus rank as the quietest areas, with 30 complaints or fewer.

Chief licensing inspector Andreea Toma says higher volumes are tolerated in busier neighbourhoods, such as the downtown core, but she says noise bylaws apply everywhere and carry fines of up to $500. …

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