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Be a good neighbour – looking at anti-social behaviour, air pollution, bonfires and noise issues.

Being a good neighbour means different things to different people. For some, being a good neighbour is as simple as a wave and saying hello when you see each other, making sure your waste or recycling is put out on the right day or helping out an elderly neighbour when they need it. It’s the little things that count.

We think Ryedale is a great place to live and work. Being a good neighbour helps us make our communities even better places to live.

Is something wrong?

Be on the lookout for signs that something might be wrong with a neighbour, friend or vulnerable member of the community. Warning signs include:

  • Milk still out on the doorstep late in the day
  • Newspapers and post stuck in the letterbox
  • Lights on during the day
  • A home in darkness when there should be someone in
  • A dog barking all day or cat scratching to be let in
  • Bins not put out on collection days

There are other ways you can be a good neighbour too.

Heatwave help

Most of us welcome hot weather but when it is hot for a long time there are health risks:

  • Dehydration
  • Overheating which can make symptoms worse for people who already have problems with their heart or breathing
  • Heat exhaustion
  • Heatstroke

It’s important to eat a balanced diet to help your body replace any salt you lose by sweating. Aim to drink 6-8 glasses of liquid a day and more if it is very hot. You may also need to be careful if you’re taking some types of medication that affect water retention. Speak to your GP if you’re concerned.

Bonfires and barbecues

Never use flammable liquids like paraffin or petrol to start a bonfire or barbecue.

Check immediately before lighting that there are no animals hidden in a bonfire.

Don’t burn dangerous rubbish (for example aerosols, paint tins or foam-filled furniture).

Follow advice from the Fire Service.


This year has seen a number of wildfires break out causing the destruction of countryside, open spaces and wildlife habitats. Some of these fires were started deliberately but by following a few simple precautions and showing a little extra care, many could have been prevented.

  • Dispose of smoking materials properly and make sure they are completely extinguished
  • Don’t leave camp fires or barbecues unattended and extinguish them properly after use
  • Clear away bottles, glasses and any broken glass to prevent them magnifying the sun’s rays and starting a fire
  • Explain to children the dangers of playing with or near fires

If fire breaks out, call the fire and rescue service immediately on 999 or 112. Don’t attempt to fight the fire yourself unless it is very small – grass and crop fires can travel very quickly.


Most complaints are misunderstandings or one-off events, often easily resolved by just speaking to each other. Consider whether you’re causing a nuisance:

  • Do you carry out DIY in the evening? Consider whether your neighbours are elderly, have young children or work shifts
  • Are your children kicking a football against garages or in the road near other people’s cars?
  • Do you know where your children are playing, who is supervising them and what they are doing?
  • Can you hear your stereo or TV from another room in your home? If you can hear it, can your neighbours hear it?
  • If you plan to have a BBQ or party that will go on late, have you warned your neighbours?
  • Do you leave rubbish in your garden making it look messy?
  • Is your dog barking a lot?

Contact us

Ryedale District Council
Ryedale House
Old Malton Road
Malton, North Yorkshire
YO17 7HH

Email: Contact the Council

Phone: 01653 600666

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