NIGHT time noise patrols will be back on Kingston's streets this summer to end the misery of noisy neighbours.
Kingston Council's noise response team was axed from last year's budget but the council has bowed to public pressure and patrols will be back on the streets every Saturday from tomorrow until August 29.
Executive member for environmental health Cllr Bob Steed said:"The majority of noise complaints happen during the summer, with people deciding to hold parties on Saturday nights. So we have decided to run a pilot project during this period which we will review in the autumn.
"Last year we had some very difficult decisions to make and one of these was to cut the Environmental Health Noise Patrol. This was a hard decision to take. We know it was not popular and we have listened to residents and decided to review our decision."
Environmental health officers will join forces with the police to be on call between midnight on Saturdays and 3am on Sundays, meaning residents will not have to rely on the out of hours service.
Cllr Steed added:"We are not in the business of stopping people enjoying themselves or having parties, but our advice is to be considerate of your neighbours and give them advance warning if you are going to have a party.
"Our patrols will be looking to prevent the very small minority of events that lead to anti-social behaviour. In most cases where a party is generating too much noise the best way to deal with it is to simply knock on the door and ask your neighbour to turn the noise down. But if you feel intimidated and are being troubled by a serious noise problem on a Saturday night this summer, our patrols will be there to try and help."
Anyone being troubled by serious noise can contact Kingston Council's environmental health department on 020 8547 5800.