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Tackling noise nuisance in York

Sandy Frazer

5:04pm 1st July 2011

City of York Council’s Cabinet Member for Crime and Community Safety, Councillor Sandy Fraser, will accompany officers from the council’s noise patrol service this weekend as they tackle noise nuisance in the city.

The noise patrol service deals with an average of 20 calls a weekend from residents that are affected by anti-social noise nuisance from parties, licensed premises and inconsiderate neighbours. 

Colin Rumford, the council’s head of environmental health and trading standards, said:

“In recent weeks we are experiencing a spike in demand and the number of calls have increased dramatically. Last weekend over 40 calls were received. So, we are looking forward to working with Cllr Fraser – to help tackle noise nuisance in the city.”

During the weekend, anyone who causes a noise nuisance will be warned to turn the music down or reduce the noise to an acceptable level.  If they choose to ignore the warning they can expect a statutory noise abatement notice and if they persist in their anti-social behaviour they are likely to face prosecution and possibly the forfeiture of any noise making equipment they have used.

Cllr Sandy Fraser, said:

“The night time noise patrol service provided by the council’s environmental protection unit is an extremely valuable part of our approach to tackling anti-social behaviour. I’m very keen to give my support to the team and to see for myself what issues the officers regularly have to deal with and what difficulties there are to carrying out enforcement work.”

”As the cabinet member with responsibility for this area, I am committed to strengthening the service provided by the team so it will be really useful to see them work at first hand this weekend.”

City of York Council’s noise patrol service operates on a Friday and Saturday night between 9pm and 3am.  Members of the public wishing to report noise nuisance can do so by telephoning 01904 551555 or by emailing environmentalprotection@york.gov.uk

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