Warning over noisy parties in Falmouth after equipment seized
ORGANISERS of house parties in Falmouth risk having their stereos, speakers and amps confiscated if they do not consider their neighbours.
The warning from a local PCSO follows the confiscation of noise-making equipment from a house in Falmouth earlier this month by police and Environmental Health officers.
The equipment was seized during a raid on a shared house in Falmouth town on October 11 following complaints about a party – which was attended by more than 150 people and went on past 3am – the week before.
PCSO John Dukes said: "People need to be made aware that if they have noisy parties then there is a good chance that their noise-making equipment can be seized.
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"If you are having a party you should aim to cause minimal disturbance to your neighbours by keeping windows closed and lowering the volume of the music the later the party goes on, being aware that background noise levels drop between 11pm and midnight, so any noise that you make at this time will have the potential to cause more problems for your neighbours.
"If the evening is hot, people are tempted to go out into the garden from where the noise they make travels easily. You may want to inform your neighbours in advance that you intend to have a party and it is advisable not to advertise the fact on social media.
"By following this advice, you manage the noise you make and avoid action being taken against you for noise nuisance."
There is no law prohibiting anyone from having a party in their own home, however noise from a party can be considered a statutory nuisance.
If it is a statutory noise nuisance then an Environmental Health officer can serve a notice requiring the noise to be reduced.
Residents are advised to contact Cornwall Council's Environmental Health (EH) department on 0300 1234212 about noise complaints. EH is the first port of call for a noisy party, not the police.