equipment seized in council raid on Highbridge home
of pounds worth of noise equipment including amplifiers, speakers
and turntables all capable of producing very loud bass
music - has been seized from a flat in Highbridge by Sedgemoor
District Councils Environmental Health Team.
The council says the over the past months there have been regular
complaints about loud levels of music coming from the flat and
there have also been complaints of noise from various neighbours
Environmental Health Officers described the levels of noise as
being loud drum and bass music, which proved to be very distressing
to neighbours and often affected their sleep and health.
"The occupant was warned on several occasions by Environmental
Health and Stonewater Housing Association, who own the property,
to keep noise to a reasonable level," said council spokesperson
"However, all warnings were completely ignored and severe
disturbance was caused to others living in the building."
"An Abatement Notice was served on the person responsible
and again this was ignored on a regular basis. After obtaining
a warrant, the property was entered with the assistance of Avon
and Somerset Police and Stonewater and all equipment capable of
producing the noise nuisance was seized."
A prosecution is being taken by the council for breach of a noise
abatement notice and the council will seek a confiscation order
to dispose of the seized equipment.
This operation demonstrates Sedgemoor District Councils
willingness, where appropriate, to use its full range of enforcement
powers to tackle this sort anti-social and nuisance behaviour
which can seriously affect the quality of peoples lives.