Night shift wardens to tackle noisy neighbours

Council Leader Rhondda Geekie, Diane Campbell Director of Governance and Regulations with Community Wardens John Timoney and Chris-Anne Hendrie, Thistle St / Shamrock St.
Council Leader Rhondda Geekie, Diane Campbell Director of Governance and Regulations with Community Wardens John Timoney and Chris-Anne Hendrie, Thistle St / Shamrock St.

Don’t suffer sleepless nights as a result of noisy neighbours – that’s the message from community wardens in East Dunbartonshire.

The council’s wardens work night shifts on a Friday, 
Saturday and Sunday from 8pm until 4am.

According to the council, that’s the period when most anti-social noise complaints occur.

Outwith these times, this type of call will be dealt with by Police Scotland.

Rhondda Geekie, convenor of policy and resources said: “The team is very experienced in dealing with 
difficult situations.

“Anti-social noise can make peoples’ lives a misery but our team is here to help.”

She said that the team will respond to every complaint received and decide whether a visit is required.

They will also visit the house or flat being 
complained about and speak to the occupier.

They may measure the noise levels in the complainers house to assess the extent of the problem. 

Councillor Geekie said: “If appropriate, the person causing the anti-social noise may be served with a warning notice. 

“This can be followed by a £100 fixed penalty notice. 

“A case may be referred to the procurator fiscal if 
necessary with a maximum fine of £1000.

“Noise making equipment can be seized from offenders’ homes if officers think it is 
appropriate.”

The council say community wardens have many other responsibilities including tackling youth 
disorder and neighbour 
disputes, supporting youth diversionary activities, dog fouling, litter complaints, smoking offences and control of dogs.

More recently, they have taken on the responsibility for parking enforcement across East Dunbartonshire.

Strathclyde Police withdrew traffic wardens from East Dunbartonshire in 2011,

Councillor Geekie added: “We don’t want people to be suffering in their own homes.

“We can help and we will take action if noise levels are 
excessive.

“Even if you just want 
advice, please pick up the phone – the community wardens can be reached on 0300 123 4510.”