Angry residents in Canford Cliffs are set to meet councillors to discuss noisy ‘party houses’ that are rented by the night.
The houses are hired for events such as stag and hen nights for around £500 per night, and residents have complained that loud music is played long into the morning.
Branksome Park, Canford Cliffs and District Residents Association chairman John Sprackling said, “They are causing a tremendous nuisance to neighbours and we are seeking a remedy to stop this happening. The neighbours are mainly retired people.”
Mr Spracking added that sound equipment had recently been removed by police from one property under anti-social behaviour rules.
‘Canford Cliffs is not really an area of younger people’ – John Sprackling
Mr Sprackling said police were not always able to intervene after complaints at weekends because of the pressures of managing nightlife in Bournemouth.
Websites including Trip Advisor currently advertise properties for short-term lets in the area under the heading “Living the Dream”.
Residents are set to discuss how to tackle the issue at the Canford Cliffs and Penn Hill Area Committee this evening, Wednesday, at St Aldhelms Church, Lindsay Road.
Canford Cliffs locals to voice concerns
Local resident Gordon Spirit said Canford Cliffs was generally quiet at night, apart from on Guy Fawkes night.
He said, “I must admit I would join with residents who make complaints.”
The local Conservative Party released a statement on their website. Councillor Xena Dion said, “The only way legal action can be taken is through the courts, and the courts demand sufficient, factual evidence to satisfy them that the owners of the houses are intentionally letting out their house for party weekends.”