Noisy neighbours and loud parties are included in new tool-kit of 'more effective responses' for tackling anti-social behaviour – out for consultation from the Home Office now. EPUK are reassured that, contrary to indications in the Home Secretary's speech on ASBOs in July, the new proposals do retain measures to manage anti social noise.
We are concerned, however that the terminology used in the proposals may lead to confusion. A streamlined package which will make it easier to prevent so called 'nuisance' behavioural problems escalating into major blights is promised. (This referring to a general nuisance rather than statutory nuisance under the Environmental Protection Act 1980). Given that nuisance legislation lies outside police jurisdiction – we think use of an alternative term would be less confusing for victims, communities and officials.