Herefordshire residents who have concerns over excessive noise in their neighbourhoods have been benefitting from a new summer time service which started on Friday 26 June 2015.
The ‘out of hours’ service runs between the hours of 9.00pm and 2.00am on Friday and Saturday nights and will continue until August bank holiday Sunday.
During the first three weekends the service has been able to respond to a number of noise complaints from the public and has also undertaken routine monitoring visits to known noise hotspots and licensed premises around the County.
To date 12 cases have been investigated, 90 monitoring visits made and 30 noise surveillance recordings undertaken. A number of noise concerns have been witnessed from licensed premises, industrial premises and domestic premises. As a consequence one statutory noise notice has been served and warning letters sent.
As part of this work, housing associations will also be offered assistance with out of hours monitoring for their tenants suffering from noise and anti-social behaviour problems.
70% of the work undertaken so far has been in rural areas outside of Hereford city, thereby supporting strong neighbourhood policing in rural communities.
The summer noise initiative has received grant funding from the West Mercia Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner
The service can be accessed out of hours by calling the council’s switchboard on 01432 260000