SMOKERS have been urged to keep it down while they’re outside puffing away.

National Noise Action Week runs from next Monday.

Kirklees Council’s pollution and noise team deals with up to 2,000 noise complaints a year – most concerning loud music and barking dogs.

But there has been a sharp rise in complaints from residents living near pubs, clubs and restaurants, because of the increase in noise levels created by customers standing outside to smoke.

Kirklees will work with the National Society for Clean Air and local businesses to address the problem.

Clr David Hall, the council’s Cabinet member for the environment, said: “National Noise Action Week is an opportune time to remind everyone to respect their neighbours and keep the noise down.

“Noise nuisance can cause stress and ill health to those who suffer from it. We will be visiting licensed premises during National Noise Action Week and asking them to encourage their customers to be aware of the noise they produce and we will provide posters for them to display.

“We will also investigate noise complaints where necessary and will prosecute persistent offenders who continue to create unacceptable levels of noise.”

For more information call the council’s environmental services on 01484 226 436.

On Monday landlord Stuart Smith became the first Yorkshire publican to be convicted of breaching the smoking ban.

In February, he had allowed people to light up at the College Arms in Queensgate.