Keep it down!

NOISY neighbours who make life miserable for others are being targeted in a city clampdown.

The noise team at Glasgow community and safety services is on a mission to restore peace in communities across the city.

Sleep deprivation and soaring stress levels are just two ways noisy neighbours affect people’s health and erode quality of life.

Anita and Christopher Harvey were at their wit’s end when they called the noise team to tackle unruly neighbours below their private rented flat in Battlefield.

Thumping music and parties from the flat below at all hours of the day and night were making life miserable for them.

Anita (26) said: “It was very stressful. When we asked them to turn the music down they turned aggressive and shouted and swore abuse at us.

“We were hardly getting any sleep and we were both uptight and irritable. It was so bad I was worrying about it all the time and began to find it difficult to concentrate at work”.

The couple informed their landlord who complained to the building’s factor and also phoned the police on numerous occasions but felt guilty about taking up their time.

Anita was eventually told about GCSS’ noise team. She said: “They were really friendly and helpful when I phoned. They came out to the house about four or five times to monitor the noise.

“They issued the people downstairs with a warning and began building a case against them”.

While the couple’s case was being investigated, Christopher and Anita married and bought a new house in another area.

Anita added: “Bringing in the noise team made a real difference. I think the neighbours finally realised we weren’t just going to put up with it.

“Knowing someone was doing something made me feel much better and I’d definitely recommend the service to anyone else who is having a problem”.

A GCSS spokesman said: “It doesn’t matter whether you own your home or live in rented accommodation – help is at hand”.

The specialists dress in plain clothes and drive unmarked vehicles to look like ordinary visitors.

If the noise is excessive, they will be given a warning notice and if the problem continues a £100 fixed penalty notice can be served.

If the fine isn’t paid, the case will be referred to the procurator fiscal and the culprits could find themselves in court facing a maximum fine of £1,000.

Sound systems and other equipment involved in the noise pollution can also be seized.

Call 287 6688 for help.