115 noise complaints

A LATE-NIGHT call-out service to clampdown on noise nuisance responded to more than 100 complaints over the summer.

The service, operated by Hartlepool Borough Council on Fridays and Saturdays, from 10pm-3am between June 1 and September 1, received a total of 115 calls.

Bosses say 107 of the complaints related to problems caused by loud music and parties, although there were also three calls about barking dogs, three about social clubs, one about a house burglar alarm and one about road works.

Most complaints were resolved informally, although two abatement notices were issued under the terms of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 that ordered people to turn down the noise or face action in magistrates’ court.

Last year the service dealt with 157 complaints and 127 in 2010.

Principal environmental health officer Adrian Hurst said: “The number of calls received in June was quite low.

“But it picked up steadily in July and we were very busy for much of August.

“Overall, the number of complaints was down slightly on previous years.”

Although the late-night call-out service has now ended, residents are reminded that the council continues to operate an all-year round service to deal with noise complaints.

Anyone experiencing problems with noise can call (01429) 523325 or log a complaint via the council’s website at www.hartlepool.gov.uk