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Noisy neighbour has music equipment confiscated by Cambridge City Council

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Two stereos, a guitar and speakers have been seized from a resident who continued to disturb their neighbours by playing extremely loud music after being warned not to.

The Guildhall where Cambridge City Council is based Picture: Keith Heppell
The Guildhall where Cambridge City Council is based Picture: Keith Heppell

Cambridge City Council served a noise abatement notice under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 on Mr DG Alexander, of Whitehill Road, in Abbey ward, on March 4 following an investigation into noise complaints.

The council investigates noise complaints by undertaking pro-active assessment visits and use of remote monitoring technologies such as ‘The Noise App’ and noise nuisance recorders.

The resident ignored the abatement notice and continued to play extremely loud music, including breaching the notice later on that same evening.

As a result of the breach, the council obtained a warrant from magistrates and on March 11 attended Cllr Rosy Moore, executive councillor for climate change, environment and city centre, said: “We take complaints of noise nuisance very seriously as noisy neighbours can cause serious health problems through stress and sleep disturbance.

“This case illustrates that we will take swift action against those who ignore the warnings and continue to make their neighbours' lives a misery.”

If residents are troubled by neighbour noise and have been unable to resolve concerns informally by speaking to the neighbour or through mediation, Cambridge City Council can investigate noise complaints. Further details about the service and how to make a complaint can be found on the council website.

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