Road show held in town to promote Noise Action Week

COUNCIL officials displayed some of the noise making equipment they have seized over the last few years at a road show in the town centre on Tuesday (May 20).

The event was to promote Noise Action Week, which runs until tomorrow (Saturday).

Hastings Borough Council (HBC) is a key partner of The Community Safety Hub and its environmental protection team work together with the police and housing associations like AmicusHorizon and Orbit on a daily basis to resolve noise issues.

Mike Hepworth, the council’s head of environmental services, said: “Noise can cause disruption and distress to everyone whether it’s at home, leisure, at work or study and our capacity to make noise is increasing. Noise affects everyone’s quality of life, and the number of noise complaints is increasing.

“We are pleased to work closely with the police who support our officers when noise abatement notices are served and noise making equipment such as stereo systems, have to be seized for non-compliance. We also work very closely with colleagues at our main social landlords to help their tenants resolve serious neighbour disputes involving noise.

“In 2013-14 the council received 1,093 noise complaints and over the last three years we have seized equipment on 32 occasions. Most complaints are from domestic sources the majority of which are dealt with informally but we also deal with noise from construction sites, pubs and clubs, and other commercial premises. We urge everybody to consider how the noise they make can affect others and to be considerate to their neighbours.”