£200 fines for nosiy Newcastle students.

Large gatherings can cause headaches for local residents and student neighbours alike.

Newcastle City Council have launched a scheme under which they will issue warnings and fines to students for making unacceptable levels of noise.

The maximum fine will be £200 and can be issued to a first time offender.

The new policy began on the first day of the new semester, and works in partnership with Newcastle University to curb anti-social behaviour in the community, a big sticking point for local residents.

Dawn Gray at Newcastle University Student Progress Service explained that 129 noise complaints were made last year, with 65 coming from other students. She said that the scheme would help cut the amount of excessive noise without a lengthy complaints process: “We want to try and sort the problem out at a much earlier stage and it is to the students’ benefit that we do that before any possible court or council action.”

The council normally only takes action against an individual after three noise offences, but technically they could all come in the same night if the Night Noise Team is recalled to a property over and over again during the course of an evening.

Some students are angry about the new scheme, saying that excessive noise is not usually measurable, and is down to personal opinion.

Gray said: “It’s the inconsiderate noise we’re trying to tackle where students are putting the TV on loud at two o’clock in the morning and banging doors, the kind of noise that could have been avoided is what they are going to be held accountable for. But if it’s parties getting out of control and huge disturbances to a lot of people then that would be considered much more seriously and go beyond the formal warnings and fines to further academic sanctioning and discipline.”

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