Sunday 17 January 2010 1.38pm
You point out yourself that the alleyway funnels the sound so maybe they weren't being unreasonable, just unaware of the effect and affect. Some sounds seem far louder at night when they are not masked by ambient noise. Maybe you just need to have a word first rather than risk falling out with your neighbours by taking it further. A sign? Quiet Please-People Sleeping
I can hear the neverending hum of Guys generators at night although the sound is drowned out during the day.
I notice in a recent article from Southwark Council
that noise, unsurprisingly, is one of the major irritatios of city life. You now need permission to install wooden flooring because of the way it transmits sound. I have a small piece of carpet under my speakers to stop the sound being transmitted through the floor or walls. There has to be a reasonable measure of tolerance in flats, but people who place speakers on the window so 50% of the noise goes out the window or hangs them on the wall so the sound is transmitted through other flats need to be spoken to.