11:35 a.m. 5 August 2022
A huge rave inside a barbershop in north-west London has been shut down after it was spotted by council officers carrying out ‘party patrols’.
Brent Council is once again touring the borough, where officers are on the lookout for anyone throwing rowdy street parties during the summer.
Running every weekend through the end of August between 6 p.m. and 2 a.m., officers will use noise monitoring equipment to test noise levels and perform spot checks to ensure that companies are allowed to organize parties.
They recently came across a “big street party” being held in downtown Harlesden, with loudspeakers placed inside a hair salon.
The council said the noise had attracted “hundreds of people”.
In situations where people have been caught making too much noise, officers have confiscated speakers and other equipment, and issued warnings telling them to stop.
The council said most people were following the rules but, given that there is often an increase in unlicensed music events taking place in July and August, it felt it needed to continue the patrols.
He added that a similar scheme – run by the Community Protection Department in conjunction with the police – will be in place over the winter, with more parties expected around Christmas.
Cllr Harbi Farah, senior adviser for safer communities and public protection at Brent Council, said: “After these last few years, I want every resident to rightly enjoy the summer.
“While we want people to have fun, disturbing others at difficult times can be a nightmare for neighbors. I’m glad we’re continuing return patrols throughout the borough so residents have the opportunity to celebrate summer and not worry about a bad night’s sleep.
The council advised people planning to throw a party to let their neighbors know beforehand.
He suggested avoiding using speakers in the garden as noise is more difficult to control outdoors.
He added that noise should be kept to a ‘reasonable level’ at all times, noting that it’s a ‘common misconception’ that you can play loud music until 11pm.
Those who hear or see loud parties can report them to the council via the Noise app or the hotline 020 8937 1234.