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Noisy neighbours targeted

PUBLISHED: 14:17 23 July 2008 | UPDATED: 14:38 07 July 2010

Nuisance neighbours are to be targeted using new noise recorders.

Breckland Council is set to buy four new noise nuisance recorders costing £36,700 to help deal with noisy neighbours.

Nuisance neighbours are to be targeted using new noise recorders.

Breckland Council is set to buy four new noise nuisance recorders costing £36,700 to help deal with noisy neighbours.

Old recorders, which are becoming out of date, are to be traded in for £16,720 to help towards the cost, the council's cabinet agreed on Tuesday.

The new equipment will mean environmental protection officers will not need to go to people's homes out of office hours to measure noise.

Instead, the devices are fitted at homes where owners have noise problems and the owner activates the equipment when necessary.

The information is recorded for potential use as evidence.

The funding will have to be agreed by the full council.

A spokesman for the council said noise recorders had proved valuable over the past years, allowing excessive noise at unsocial hours to be monitored at times when an officer is unavailable.

Ann Steward, executive member for environment and planning at Breckland Council, said: “Noise-monitoring recorders have been an efficient way of gathering evidence but it's important that we keep our equipment up-to-date to ensure a more effective monitoring service.”

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