From this weekend through to the end of August, noise officers from Herefordshire Council’s environmental protection team will be out and about on Friday and Saturday nights as part of the second Herefordshire summer noise awareness campaign.
Following the success of last year’s campaign, in which 74% of those using the service rated the team’s performance positively, the team has been mobilised to repeat the campaign this summer. Funded by a grant from the Police and Crime Commissioner, noise officers will be on call into the early hours of the morning monitoring noisy hot spots and investigating noise complaints. Last year, two noise officers operated as late as 2am on 21 nights over the summer weekends. They investigated 45 complaints and undertook 338 visits to known hot spots to take noise measurements and, if necessary, issue warning letters and abatement notices.
Marc Willimont, Head of Regulatory and Development Management Services said “People have the right to enjoy themselves and some noise is always inevitable in work and home activities, but we are asking that residents and businesses consider the noise they are generating and think about how excessive and prolonged noise could be affecting their neighbour’s quality of life. Fortunately, most residents and businesses in Herefordshire are considerate to their neighbours, but we will take firm action against the small minority who persist in causing noise problems.”
If you are suffering from excessive and prolonged noise disturbance contact the team via the out-of-hours number on 01432 261761. You will be asked to provide your details, details of the noise complaint and how the noise is affecting you. Access to the affected property will be required to monitor the noise. Excessive noise, duration and repeat offenders will be given priority on the night.