Noise Pollution Prosecution
Published Friday 7th September 2012
An irresponsible pet owner has been left £1,415 out of pocket after their pet dogs became a nuisance with continual barking.
The female resident of William Street , Bedworth, owned five dogs and the first complaint was received in May 2011, following which an advisory letter was sent from the Council. There was no response from the individual and noise nuisance continued from the barking dogs with evidence being gathered. A Noise Abatement Notice was served on July 6th but barking continued and so reminder letters were sent to the tenant.
The Noise Abatement Notice was breached on 23rd Feb 2012 and witnessed by out-of-hours officers from the Council so the case was taken to court. However the defendant failed to attend and was found guilty in her absence by the magistrates.
She was fined a total of £1,415 with £800 for the breach of the notice, £600 towards the costs and a £15 victim surcharge.
"It is important that all residents are able to enjoy their home life without the intrusion of nuisance noise. This prosecution shows that the Council will act and seek prosecution where people's lives are being made a misery by inconsiderate individuals.
"We have many ongoing cases involving nuisance noise and the obvious advice is take notice of the original complaints and act accordingly. What is acceptable to one resident does not mean it is acceptable to the majority. We have a duty to prosecute but would rather work with the resident to resolve the nuisance before doing so."Cllr Neil Phillips , portfolio holder for Health and the Environment.
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