Operation to curb noise from students celebrating the end of exams launches in Hatfield
PUBLISHED: 17:10 06 May 2015 | UPDATED: 17:10 06 May 2015
A joint operation designed to help residents combat noise disturbances cause by over-excited students launches next week.
Operation Balsam, run by Welwyn Hatfield Council, Hertfordshire Police and the University of Hertfordshire, starts on Tuesday.
It will put additional noise patrols in place, as well as prioritising complaints made about, or by, students.
The enhanced service coincides with the end of the University of Hertfordshire’s term and its exam period.
However, all complaints about noise, regardless of student involvement, will be investigated.
Last year the council received 69 calls about noise nuisance. Of these, 31 were at student properties.
Chief Inspector Adam Willmot, said: “The additional patrols we put on during this time help to educate the students about the impact that noise surrounding these celebrations can have on other members of the community.
“And whilst there are sanctions for those who go too far too often, most of the students are receptive to advice in the first instance.”
Nick Long, head of public health and protection, said: “Nobody wants to curb student’s fun. We want to help them understand that they have a responsibility to be respectful toward their neighbours.”
Geraldine Ward, deputy dean of students, said: “We have been working together on Operation Balsam for seven years and each year this partnership approach has led to a decrease in noise issues for the local community.”
Residents can report concerns about noise, anti-social behaviour and other related disturbances to the police on 101 or to the council on 0800 111 4484.
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