Clamping down on neighbour nuisance
Clamping down on neighbourhood nuisance.
Communities across St.Helens are being urged to treat their
neighbours with respect as the nights get lighter and warmer.
With neighbourhood noise and nuisance complaints rising
dramatically at this time of year, Merseyside Police will be
stepping up high visibility policing patrols as part of the
multi-agency SpringWatch campaign.
But they are also asking residents to support the campaign
action by helping to reduce the impact of noise nuisance on local
Here are some top-tips to help you - and your neighbours - enjoy
a peaceful spring:
- Always respect your neighbours and their property.
- Treat others how you want to be treated.
- Listen to your neighbours if they complain about you
- Keep music, stereo and TV volume down - your neighbours should
not be able to hear them if they are at an acceptable level.
- If you are planning a barbecue or 'get together' with friends,
inform your neighbours of your plans - and keep the noise to an
- Don't drink on the street and please report any underage
drinking to the police.
- Ensure you carry out household chores such as vacuuming,
washing and mowing the lawn at reasonable hours of the day.
- Chat to your children about the impact their playing habits
might have on neighbours. Playing football in the street can result
in damage to property and stress to neighbours if it impacts on
their home or garden. There are lots of alternative activities
available to keep young people entertained this spring visit www.sthelens.gov.uk/yaz
Colette McIntyre, Anti-Social Behaviour Manager at St.Helens
Council said: "We all make noise but awareness is the key to
making sure your noise is not a problem for others.
"If you're being disturbed by noise from a neighbour, approach
them and explain politely that you're being troubled by noise. You
may find this difficult - but often people are unaware that they
are causing a problem. Most will be glad to do what they can to
reduce noise. However approach the matter carefully if you think
your neighbour might react angrily to a complaint."
Spring also means spring cleaning. And local communities are
being asked to come up with suggestions for areas for street
clean-ups - carried out as part of the Community Payback
Community Payback is a punishment handed out to offenders by the
court to work on unpaid projects that benefit the community.
Projects can range from litter removal to repairing and decorating
community centres or removing graffiti.
Anyone can nominate a project as long as it:
- Benefits the community
- Does not take paid work away from others
- Does not make profit for anyone
- Is challenging and demanding
- Is worthwhile and constructive
- Puts something back into the community.
To arrange a grot spot spring clean up in your community contact
St. Helens Council Contact Centre on 01744
For more information about Community Payback or to nominate
other projects visit www.merseysideprobationtrust.co.uk
or call 0151 324 0692.