Silence for residents in student party row

PUBLISHED: 17:36 03 June 2008 | UPDATED: 21:22 26 October 2009

STUDENT parties keeping residents awake until the early hours could soon be a thing of the past. Frustrated residents contacted the WHT in their droves following our report that students at one Hatfield party were so boisterous, sleep-deprived children in

STUDENT parties keeping residents awake until the early hours could soon be a thing of the past.

Frustrated residents contacted the WHT in their droves following our report that students at one Hatfield party were so boisterous, sleep-deprived children in neighbouring houses were kept off school.

But now a joint initiative between the police and council environmental health officers (EHO) could see residents getting an immediate response to their complaints.

Normally police cannot respond to nuisance noise calls from the public, referring them to Welwyn Hatfield Council the next day.

Hatfield sergeant Keith Dean said: "It's extremely frustrating from a police point of view.

"Officers feel for people who have to put up with this noise, but our hands our tied."

Operation Reprise means EHOs will attend with police to deal immediately with the problem.

Chief superintendent Dave Wharton said: "Herts police are working together with Welwyn Hatfield Council to see if we can improve our service to complaints of noise nuisance.

"This is a trial exercise, running on Friday and Saturday nights only, over the summer.

"It involves special constables patrolling together with EHOs, able to deploy quite quickly to complaints."

One resident from Feather Dell, Hatfield, said: "I've had problems for the past three years due to students living next door.

"I've been sleeping on a single mattress on my landing to try and put as much distance between me and the noise they make.

"I think Welwyn Hatfield Council's environmental services should be able to do more and quicker if the landlord and university do not deal with the problems."

Residents should call police on 0845 33 00 222 on Friday and Saturday night to report noise problems.

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