A TEAM of peace-brokers will be based in Tranent as a new service to help solve neighbour disputes is launched.

The East and Midlothian Resolution Service consists of three members of staff who will work out of the George Johnstone Centre in the town.

East Lothian Council said it had joined up with neighbouring local authority Midlothian to create the confidential service, which will be called in by police, housing teams and anti-social behaviour officers to try and help warring neighbours find a peaceful solution to issues.

The service can become involved in cases that may cause distress, including those that involve loud music, inconsiderate parking, noisy and messy pets, boundary disputes, communal repairs, impact noise and minor verbal harassment.

Kenneth Black, East Lothian Council’s safer communities team manager, said: “The work of the new resolution service is critical to the council’s efforts in reducing anti-social behaviour.

“Neighbour disputes can have a corrosive effect on those involved. Early intervention by trained staff can prevent tensions escalating. The service also reflects the willingness of both councils to work in partnership in promoting East and Midlothian as more tolerant and safer places to live.”

While the team expects most of its cases to come through referrals from relevant agencies, residents can use the service to report concerns.

The new resolution officers can be contacted by post at the centre, which is at 35 Winton Place, Tranent, by telephoning 01620 827753 or by emailing them at mediation@eastlothian.gov.uk