DALTON residents say the removal of age restrictions for ground-floor flats has brought anti-social neighbours to the area.
Tina Arundel, of Mayfield Avenue, says new, young tenants in the flat below have been making life hell for her and her neighbours.
Ground-floor flats on Rowlands Avenue and Mayfield Avenue were previously reserved for people over 57.
But the restrictions were removed in 2005.
Mrs Arundel says that over the last few months the noise has got so bad she has had to sleep at her daughter’s house.
She added: “It’s an absolute nightmare. It wasn’t too bad to start with, but it’s just got worse and worse. There’s shouting, screaming, arguing and slamming doors at all hours, night and day.
“My daughter won’t let my grandson come round. I don’t see why I should be out of my home.
“The flats are directly opposite the school and the kids have to listen to the noise. There’s rubbish everywhere and I feel embarrassed because people think it’s mine.
“I’ve spoke to the council and I’m getting no joy. It’s really frustrating. I’m not at all impressed.”
Kathleen Glynn, 44, of Rowlands Avenue, says she fears for her and her neighbour’s future.
She said: “The flat has been allocated to a 23-year-old and anti-social behaviour has crept in with a vengeance.
“They’ve shouted stuff at me and the children and parents coming to and from the school.
“There’s four or five people in there and it’s only been given to one person.
“Young and old people living together just doesn’t mix. We have completely different lifestyles. The council should be more selective where they put these people. These people need care, but they also need monitoring.
“I’ve been honoured and privileged to live here, but I’m worried. The gentleman who lives below me is 80 and I’d like him to live to 100. If he’s not there there’s going to be some yob living below me.
“I urge people to contact their councillor. If we want a peaceful life we must fight this decision.
“I fear what is coming my way in the future with all these sly changes.”
Dalton councillor Angela Ellam said: “The council has a duty to house people. There’s a shortage of houses so people with the most need get priority.
“There are supposed to be packages to support them and these aren’t always that successful. It takes time to follow the process. During that time it can be quite disturbing for the residents.”
A spokesman for Kirklees Neighbourhood Housing said: “We are considering introducing local lettings policies in some parts of the borough.
“These policies would be agreed with key stakeholders, including tenants and residents, to ensure a robust and appropriate approach to that particular location.
“KNH does not accept that young and old people cannot live together in the same community. Tolerance and understanding are needed from all age groups to ensure harmony in our communities.
“Successful communities are not made up of one age group. This is highlighted by the fact that Ms Glynn herself is under 57. But we also recognise that different lifestyles can cause problems in some communities.
“KNH will deal with all nuisance cases as quickly as possible. We are already following up Ms Glynn's complaint.”