YEP Says, AUGUST 14: Keep it down! We need tough action on nuisance noise

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Whether it’s loud music thumping all the hours of the night (and morning), a constantly barking dog, an out-of-control party or rude, inconsiderate neighbours, noise nuisance causes untold misery to thousands of people.

Whether it’s loud music thumping all the hours of the night (and morning), a constantly barking dog, an out-of-control party or rude, inconsiderate neighbours, noise nuisance causes untold misery to thousands of people.

No matter when or where it occurs it can rob its victims of all peace of mind. At the time it’s happening it can feel like an invasion of one’s own personal space, and even when it’s not, there’s no let up for the victims who are left exhausted with worry, stressed to breaking point and bracing themselves for when the racket starts up again.

Fortunately local authorities and the police are treating the problem far more seriously and efficiently. The number of legal orders issued against noisy neighbours in Leeds has rocketed, we report today. In the last year Leeds Anti-social Behaviour Team issued 534 noise abatement notices while TVs and sound systems were seized from 22 properties. In three cases problems were so bad premises were forcibly closed.

The problem has been particularly acute in parts of Headingley - an area known for its student life - and it’s good to see the police and council coming down hard for the sake of all the residents living there.

The authorities must operate a zero tolerance policy on all noise nuisance culprits, wherever they find them. For surely, we all have a right to peace in our own home.

Sign up to hike under the stars

IT’s a happy coincidence that as the nation enjoys the spectacular Perseids meteor shower this week our friends at Sue Ryder Wheatfields Hospice announce their plans for this year’s Starlight Hike.

The YEP-backed walk, which we hope will raise thousands of pounds, is due to take place in the picturesque grounds of Temple Newsam on September 26.

For a night to remember under the stars visit www.sueryder.org/Care-centres/Hospices/Wheatfields, contact 0113 2033377 or email charlotte.stern@sueryder.org. Maybe there’ll be the odd shooting star to guide walkers on their way. We can but hope.

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