University of Hertfordshire students not to blame for most noise complaints

A NOISE complaint service extended to cover the end-of-exam period at the University of Hertfordshire received nearly 70 call-outs – but fewer than HALF of them were student related.

A total of 67 calls were made to Welwyn Hatfield Council and the uni during the nightly service, which ran for three weeks in May and June.

But only 28 were connected to students partying to celebrate the end of exams.

The extended service ended on June 5 and resulted in two noise abatement notices being handed out as well as 10 warnings.

The results show a decrease on the same period last year when officers were called to 74 incidents.

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Dean of students David Ball said: “The university was delighted to be able to work in partnership with the borough council for a second year.

“It is pleasing to see that complaints related to student properties are continuing to decrease.”

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Cllr Bernand Sason, executive member for public health, added: “This service is for the benefit of all residents and it is encouraging that incidents have dropped since the extended noise service operated last year.”

Operation Reprise, the usual weekend noise service run by the council and the police, continues to operate on Friday and Saturday from 10pm to 3am.

Call the police non-emergency number on 0845 33 00 222 or the council control centre on 0800 111 4484 for the immediate response service.

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