Walkley’s newly elected Councillor Tom Hunt and I have today nominated an Upperthorpe road to the Department for Transport for consideration for an innovative noise camera. Residents have told us that vehicle noise is a big issue in the community, with too many drivers racing noisily through residential areas disturbing residents. The police can enforce rules around “excessive noise”, but without the ability to measure noise levels from individual cars, enforcement is difficult. 

The new noise cameras, which are to be trialled in just four sites across the country, will automatically detect when vehicles are breaking legal noise requirements, and allow police to identify drivers who break the law.  

Tom knows from his conversations with residents that Addy Street in Upperthorpe has particularly bad problems at night due to people driving vehicles with modified exhausts loudly at speed through the neighbourhood, so we’ve nominated for the scheme, with the support of local police.  

I work closely with councillors on local and am pleased to be working together in tackling nuisance drivers. Walkley residents can contact Tom about any concerns at tom.hunt@councillor.sheffield.gov.uk, and follow his work through his Facebook page @CouncillorTomHunt. 

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