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Noise nuisance patrols set to return this summer

14 July 2020

Inconsiderate neighbours will be targeted again this summer as council noise nuisance patrols return.

A team of council officers will be patrol the borough to clamp down on excessively noisy parties in the borough - issuing warnings or even confiscating speakers and music equipment if a party is creating an unreasonable disturbance.

Warmer days and longer evenings usually prompt an increase in noise complaints and so, to nip nuisance behaviour in the bud, the council will be using specialist noise-monitoring equipment to check events throughout August and ensure noise is kept to a reasonable level.

Cllr Tom Miller, Brent Council Cabinet Member for Community safety and Engagement, said:

“We know from the reports we receive that persistent and excessive noise can make neighbours’ lives a misery, which is why the council can’t stand by and do nothing.

“We took a similar approach to this issue last year and it worked well, striking the right balance of not spoiling people’s fun, but not allowing one person’s good time become another’s nightmare.

“I hope it will have a similar impact this year.”

Avoid a visit from the Party Patrol with these tips from our Noise Nuisance team:

  • Tell your neighbours in advance of your plans – or better still, invite them.
  • Keep noise to a reasonable level at all times. Many people wrongly believe you can play loud music before 11pm. The law actually requires neighbourly and considerate behaviour at all times. It is a good idea to turn music right down after 11pm and to close windows and doors.
  • It is difficult to control music noise when you are outside in the open, so avoid speakers in the garden.
  • Ask guests to leave quietly after the party – no shouting, revving of car engines, or sounding of car horns.
  • Businesses looking to host a party must seek permission from their local authority if they are not already licensed for activities like music and the consumption of alcohol. If you’re unsure whether you need a license, please contact the team at business.licence@brent.gov.uk

To report noise nuisance, download the Noise App at: www.thenoiseapp.com