Shhhh...noise police are out to catch you!

Public protection officers who will be tackling noise nuisance in Blackpool. with Coun Gillian Campbell (centre).

Public protection officers who will be tackling noise nuisance in Blackpool. with Coun Gillian Campbell (centre).

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A new task force has been launched to help end the misery caused by noisy neighbours in Blackpool.

The team of council officers will be on call until 3am on Friday and Saturday nights to visit properties where culprits are causing a nuisance and keeping others awake.

Residents will be able to lodge complaints via a dedicated helpline.

Coun Gillian Campbell, Blackpool Council’s cabinet member for public safety and enforcement, said: “Noise nuisance, particularly at night, can be a real problem for residents, particularly older people or those who have got to get up for work in a morning.

“It can really affect people’s quality of life and we want to do our very best to help.

“The new team will help tackle that problem and put repeat offenders in the dock.

“We hope it will also help save the police valuable time and resources that they need to deal with serious crime.”

Officers will work in pairs and visit problem properties to document complaints. Work will include taking noise pollution readings, photographs and collecting other evidence to help bring prosecutions against persistent offenders.

Dave Blacker, chairman of the Gateway Area Forum, is among those who have welcomed the move.

He said: “One thing it does show is that at a time when council services and staff numbers are being cut severely, there is still a willingness to listen to residents and try to take practical steps to address problems.

“Some years ago I personally experienced a noisy neighbour across the street. Burying your head under a pillow to drown out the sound can be most unpleasant, especially when you may have an early start ahead of you.

“Understanding what residents are going through and gathering the evidence they need to help bring prosecutions to persistent offenders, will hopefully help to resolve issues.”

Hours of operation for the new team could be extended to bank holidays and other peak times.

People can contact the phone line by calling 07469 038523.

The new team will come at no increased cost with resources being redeployed from other areas of Blackpool Council’s public protection team and staff volunteering to take part.