Out-of-hours noise service to be withdrawn

The decision will take effect from 31 March and will save the council £28,000.

Noise complaints reported to the council on Friday and Saturday nights will continue to be investigated; just in a different manner.

Anyone bothered by music or other noise at night time should continue to report this to the police at the time of occurrence using the non-emergency number, 101 .  Previously the police then referred relevant calls to the Midlothian Council for the noise officers to attend. Instead, the police will respond if resources allow.

In addition, if residents are being disturbed by noise from their neighbours, they should contact the Midlothian Council Community Safety Team on their Antisocial Behaviour Hotline on 0131 261 6677

A spokesman for Midlothian Council said: “The bottom line is we’re having to find more than £7m of savings and this non-statutory, out-of-hours service is no longer sustainable .

“Officers are still going to tackle persistent noise nuisance incidents. So, even if yet another party by your neighbour is keeping you awake, as an authority we will still be addressing these ongoing noise disturbances, just not on the evening in question.”

The Antisocial Noise Officers are on duty between 19:00 and 03:00 on Fridays and Saturdays.

Investigating noise complaints is a statutory duty of the council but the provision of an out-of-hours noise service is not.

8 Mar 2016