Update: ‘Party house’ complaints taken to parliament

Parliament hears Canford Cliffs residents’ complaints about ‘party houses’

Residents in a Poole neighbourhood complaining about excessive noise and inappropriate behaviour from ‘party houses’ have seen the issue raised in parliament.

As The Breaker reported last week, people living in the affluent Canford Cliffs community in Poole planned to meet councillors to discuss how to deal with the noise disturbance.

Robert Syms, Conservative MP for Poole, spoke to assembled MPs in Westminster Hall on Tuesday, where he listed complaints from residents, including prostitutes arriving at all hours and loud music.

Homeowners in the Canford Cliffs area have complained about events at the so-called ‘party houses’, properties hired out for £500 a night and regularly used for stag and hen dos.

John Sprackling, head of the Residents Association in Branksome Park and Canford Cliffs, told The Breaker last week “Its causing a great annoyance to the neighbours who are living next door [to the parties].

“Anti-social issues are the scourge of our society.” – Xena Dion

“The noise is just unacceptable.”

Cllr Xena Dion said: “There are various rules and regulations regarding subletting houses.

“Some people feel that, if a house is being sublet to large numbers of people, it must be in breach of the law.

“In actual fact, a large number of these sublets are entirely legal, and we are limited in our ability to directly deal with them through the courts.

“Anti-social issues are the scourge of our society.”

“Unfortunately, given the nature of these lets, prosecution can be an issue. Do you take action against the owner, the letting agent, or the people involved?”

The Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act was passed into law on 13 March 2014.

Among its terms, the act will ‘make provision about anti-social behaviour, crime and disorder, including provision about recovery of possession of dwelling houses’.

The Breaker contacted Mr Syms to find out more about the parliamentary session and are waiting for a response.

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