Leeds suburb cranks up volume as city’s student noise capital

Police served a notice on a house in Richmond Avenue, Headingley, in 2015 to stop a planned party advertised on social media.
Police served a notice on a house in Richmond Avenue, Headingley, in 2015 to stop a planned party advertised on social media.
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HEADINGLEY has retained its unwelcome title of the student noise capital of Leeds for the second year running.

The latest figures show that Leeds City Council’s noise team received 458 complaints linked to student houses in Hyde Park, Woodhouse, Headingley and Burley between September 2015 and May 2016.

And almost half of those complaints – 49 per cent – came from people putting up with the racket made by student properties in Headingley.

Homes in the Hyde Park and Woodhouse ward accounted for 38 per cent of the complaints, while the rest were from the Burley area of Kirkstall ward.

Unsurprisingly, the peak times for loud parties coincide with Freshers’ Week in September and May when many students are celebrating sitting their final exams of the year.

During those two months, 37 noise abatement notices were served on students in the four areas – that’s 41 per cent of all notices issued there over the whole nine months.

Councillor Debra Coupar, Leeds City Council’s executive member with responsibility for Safer Leeds, said: “Following a revamp of the service in 2013, we have worked extremely hard with partners to clamp down on noise nuisance right across the city. This has included a range of targeted work in hot-spot areas where we have traditionally seen the highest number of complaints.”

Reducing the number of noisy parties in student areas has been set as a priority for neighbourhood teams policing Headingley too. Officers regularly join the council’s out of hours noise nuisance team to patrol residential areas.

They aim to take action wherever a noisy party is reported, issuing noise abatement notices where appropriate and seizing electrical equipment when orders are breached.

Two televisions, computer gaming equipment and four sets of speakers were seized from a six-bedroom student house in Richmond Mount, Headingley, during a raid by police and Leeds Anti-Social Behaviour Team (LASBT) in March .

And a notice was served on a house in nearby Richmond Avenue in 2015 to stop a party to which 300 people were invited.

Sgt Nick Boyes said: “I would always be appealing to people to let us know if there picking up any information about large planned parties. There’s legislation in place that we can use in conjunction with Safer Leeds to get them closed down before they even get going. If we can nip it in the bud early on, that’s what it’s about.”

Coun Coupar added: “We treat every complaint of noise nuisance extremely seriously, and have a dedicated LASBT team who respond to incidents throughout the day and night. I would urge anyone who is suffering from noise nuisance or any form of anti-social behaviour to contact us.”

Call 0113 222 4402 in the day or 0113 3950143 between 6pm and 3.30am.