man prosecuted after breach of noise abatement notice
District Council has successfully prosecuted a Highbridge resident
for breach of a Noise Abatement Notice.
Ferenczi of 9 Regal Court, Newtown Road, Highbridge appeared before
magistrates at Taunton Magistrates Court and pleaded guilty. He
was fined £100 and ordered to pay £250 costs.
The magistrates also approved a confiscation order, meaning that
the previously seized equipment (amplifiers, turntables and speakers)
will not be returned to him.
"Whilst the process can be lengthy, Sedgemoor District Council
does use its full range of enforcement powers to tackle this sort
anti-social and nuisance behaviour which can seriously affect
the quality of people's lives," a council spokeswoman told
She added that since 2010, the council's Environmental Health
Team have received a number of complaints from various neighbours
about loud music coming from the flat.
were also made to Raglan Housing and then Stonewater Housing Association.
"The tenant has consistently ignored any warnings given by
Sedgemoor District Council and the Housing Association about reducing
noise levels and the need to be considerate to neighbours."
"Noise recordings were made and Environmental Health Officers
were satisfied that there was a Statutory Noise Nuisance occurring
and an Abatement Notice was served in August 2014."
"An Abatement Notice requires the person responsible to keep
noise to a reasonable level and to avoid anti-social times of
the evening and night. Unfortunately, further complaints were
received and despite further warnings the tenant continued to
play music to excessive levels, which were again recorded."
"The Council then applied for a warrant that allowed Sedgemoor
District Council to seize the noise making equipment for breach
of the Noise Abatement Notice."