Hi yes, I've included all this information in my original e-mail above. Both my house and his house are privately owned. Over the last 7 years I have made at least 7 complaints to the council but he knows how to play the system. This is what happens. He makes the noise late in the evening, I complain to the council who send him a letter and send me a log sheet to fill in over 14 days. He continues to make the noise. I log it on my log sheet and after 14 days return it to the council who agree there is enough evidence to investigate. However he knows how the system works and after 14 days puts his tools away until he thinks he is no longer being investigated and then the following month it all starts up again. This is not resolving the situation, this is just going round in circles.
Hi, thanks for your response. Just a couple of points; I'm really surprised that you say councils normally allow DIY activity until 9pm at night. Whenever I have made a complaint to the council about his evening DIY activity I have never been advised that he can do this sort of work until that time of night. Secondly, due to the sheer frequency of this DIY activity I do not see how he could argue that it is "essential", it happens far, far too often.
My next step will be to contact the council again on Monday morning to make yet another complaint. If I did decide to consult a solicitor with a view to suing for civil nuisance are there solicitors who specialise in this area? If I go through the yellow pages what sort of solicitor should I be looking for?
Thanks for your help.
PS I always log all of the noise that these neighbours make, whether it be from DIY or loud music.