Noisy streets


Palmer­ston North’s nois­i­est street can be re­vealed.

Not sur­pris­ingly, stu­dent haven Ada St, with its couch burn­ings and late-night an­tics, has topped the list for the most noise com­plaints in the past two years, fig­ures from the Palmer­ston North City Coun­cil show.

Ada St was quiet on Fri­day morn­ing, with chirp­ing birds, pass­ing cars, and two small dogs bark­ing at one of the street’s nicer houses.

A per­son at that house de­clined to com­ment, but Vic­tor Hem­pel, who lives at the north­ern end of the street, said most of his neigh­bours got along de­spite the reg­u­lar ruckus.

Ac­cord­ing to the coun­cil’s fig­ures, bass and stereo noise com­plaints made up 6067 of the 7450 com­plaints in the city be­tween Jan­uary 2016 and Septem­ber in 2017.

Other big sources of com­plaints in­clude par­ties, house alarms, peo­ple yelling and bands.

In 2016, there were 279 noise com­plaints about Ada St houses, fol­lowed by the much-longer Tre­maine Ave and Fer­gu­son St.

So far this year, there have been 111 com­plaints in Ada St, 74 on Tre­maine Ave and 61 on Chel­wood St.

Hem­pel’s Ada St house makes a bit of noise when they hold par- ties, but was not as bad as oth­ers.

‘‘We do party, but maybe have 10 or 20 peo­ple, not 500 or 600 peo­ple, with the whole road full,’’ Hem­pel said.

He had shut down some par­ties him­self, mainly be­cause they were held on nights early in the week.

‘‘I know it’s a party street, but bro, it’s mid week and they’re hav­ing a party on a Tues­day.

‘‘We at least know peo­ple are go­ing to be par­ty­ing on Thurs­day.’’

At the south­ern end of the street, Jean­nie Wen­ley said her flat and oth­ers nearby had been vis­ited by noise con­trol be­fore.

Com­plaints were of­ten eas­ily dealt with by shut­ting doors or turn­ing down the bass on the stereo, she said.

Flat­mate Nicole Hamil­ton said they also had prob­lems with some houses, in­clud­ing one of non­stu­dents want­ing to party at the be­gin­ning of the week.

The flat had a party com­ing up in a cou­ple weeks to cel­e­brate a 21st birth­day, so they had dropped fly­ers to neigh­bours let­ting them know there would be noise.

‘‘We’ve not done that be­fore.

‘‘Hope­fully they don’t call noise con­trol,’’ Hamil­ton said.

The flat of­ten reg­is­tered their par­ties with po­lice, who would drive by every now and then to make sure ev­ery­one was al­right, Hamil­ton said.

City coun­cil en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion ser­vices head Graeme Gille­spie said the list did not in­clude bark­ing dogs and animal noise com­plaints, as they were dealt with un­der dif­fer­ent laws and by­laws.

The num­ber of com­plaints is ex­actly that, not in­stances of ex­ces­sive noise he said.


Vic­tor Hem­pel, left, and Michael Jensen. Hem­pel says the street’s res­i­dents have a close bond.

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