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Borough Council takes action against nuisance neighbours

Published on Wednesday, 19th June 2019

Occupants of a residence at Hill Top Nuneaton have been fined £1,360 after magistrates found them guilty of playing loud music at an unacceptable level and causing a statutory noise nuisance to neighbours.

A noise abatement notice was served in October 2017 after loud music was witnessed emanating from their property by officers from the environmental health team. Further complaints were subsequently received and the occupants were reminded that the noise abatement notice was still in force. Despite the reminders, the occupants continued to breach the notice, with incidents witnessed by environmental health officers in November 2018 and December 2018. Following the second breach, the Borough Council made application for a warrant from Nuneaton Magistrates Court to enter the property and confiscate audio equipment from the address.

In addition to the fine the residents have been ordered to pay the Council costs of £440.

Cllr Neil Phillips, the portfolio holder responsible for enforcement said:

“Anyone who has experienced noise nuisance in their neighbourhood knows how distressing it can be. The vast majority of our residents are extremely considerate and will immediately take action if they are disturbing neighbours in any way, but unfortunately a very small minority act selfishly.

“As a Council we do all we can to encourage residents to behave responsibly but where they fail to do so we won’t hesitate to take firm action.”