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Noisy neighbours targeted

PUBLISHED: 14:37 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 hi-tech 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 hi-tech noise nuisance recorders costing £36,700 to help deal with noisy neighbours.

Old ones, which are becoming out of date, are to be traded in for £16,720 to help towards the cost, the council's cabinet agreed on Tuesday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

A spokesman for the council said noise recorders had proved valuable over the past years, allowing excessive noise at unsociable 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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