Students are back in Dunedin, and it seems they are bringing
noise with them.
The Dunedin City Council received 382 noise complaints last
month, the highest number in a single month since February
About half of those complaints were from Dunedin North, a
quarter from the central city and about 20% from the southern
Council environmental health team leader Ros MacGill said it
was usual for the council to receive an influx of complaints
when students arrived back in town for the year.
''When you get 21,000 students coming back into the city and
having a good time, you are going to get a few complaints,''
If noise was heard from a house's boundary when visited by
noise control officers, an excessive noise direction could be
issued and if officers had to return within 72 hours the
offending property could be seized.
Last month's complaints led to 134 excessive noise directions
being issued and 14 seizures.
People could have their property returned by asking for it
and paying an $84 fine.
Ms MacGill said students were not to blame for all the
complaints, but their arrival coincided with an increase in
parties - student-organised or otherwise.
She also believed the warmer weather last month might have
contributed to the spike in complaints.
''Things have stalled markedly ... ''
In the past, Orientation Week events at Forsyth Barr Stadium
had attracted complaints.
However, there had not been ''an excessive number related to
that'' this year.
Between 90% and 95% of complaints stemmed from loud music at
a residential address, Ms MacGill said.
Her advice for anyone organising a party was to ''let your
neighbours know you are intending on having a party and let
them know when you intend on finishing and give them contact
details to call''.