Kirklees Council’s night-time noise nuisance service returns on Friday April 15.

With the lighter and warmer evenings more people will be spending time outdoors and complaints to the council are expected to rise.

The council is urging people socialising outside – especially into the evening – to respect their neighbours and keep the noise down as much as possible.

To help combat excessive levels of noise, the council will be operating its night-time noise service on Friday and Saturday nights between the hours of 9pm and 3am.

Anyone subjected to nuisance noise can call the team on 01484 414828 who will be able to advise on what level noise is deemed acceptable and what noise the council has the power to deal with.

Dependent on the type and level of noise council officers will then attend the location to investigate and where possible attempt to resolve the issue on the night. If this is not possible officers will follow up in the working week.

The night-time noise service also responds to calls about commercial premises so residents living near a venue, such as a pub or bar, can also call the same number.

Previously the team have been very successful in quickly identifying problems in communities and resolving noise complaints.

Colin Parr, strategic director for climate and environment, said: “What may be a joyful occasion for some can cause distress for others, if noise exceeds acceptable levels and then carries on late into the night.

“Problems with noise can stem from a number of places whether it’s a neighbour next door or from a local pub a few streets away.

“The summer night-time noise service will provide advice and support and where possible help deal directly with any problems on an informal basis; however, they have a range of legal powers to resolve complaints if this isn’t possible.

“If you do experience noise between 9pm and 3am on Friday or Saturday nights, make sure you use the service provided by calling 01484 414828.”

If you have a noise problem outside of the night time noise service operating hours, go to the council’s noise nuisance webpage for advice and help or ring during normal office hours on 01484 414739.