South Cambridgeshire resident has speakers seized following complaints
A South Cambridgeshire man who made his neighbours’ lives a misery by repeatedly playing loud music has had his sound system of 10 speakers seized by council officers.
The enforcement action was taken by South Cambridgeshire District Council as a last resort following the resident’s failure to comply with a previously served Noise Abatement Notice and earlier verbal warnings.
Repeatedly breaching a Noise Abatement Notice under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 is a serious matter and seizure of the equipment highlights the enforcement options open to the Council’s Environmental Health Team.
The resident, from Gamlingay, was warned about his behaviour by the Council after regularly playing music throughout the day and night at unreasonable levels, but when all attempts to get him to change his behaviour failed he was served with the Abatement Notice. However, the noise from his home continued to be unreasonable.
Council enforcement officers obtained a warrant and with police assistance entered the resident’s home prior to Christmas and seized 10 speakers.
The Council will now decide whether to prosecute the resident for failing to comply with the Abatement Notice and will hold his equipment in the meantime.
If he isn't prosecuted, then he must pay the costs associated with the seizure before he can have his equipment returned.
South Cambridgeshire District Council’s lead cabinet member for environmental services and licensing, Cllr Brian Milnes, said: “People have a right to live peacefully in their homes, free from unreasonable noise.
"Regrettably, the refusal to comply with our initial requests and the subsequent noise abatement notice left us no option other than to escalate our actions. This demonstrates that we will act to protect the peace of our residents from being regularly shattered by loud noise, including music.
"With all of us under more stress while staying at home during lockdown, it’s more important than ever to respect our fellow neighbours and live together considerately. The vast majority of South Cambridgeshire residents are aware of this, and communities continue to make every effort to look after each other.
"This case shows that we will take action if and when necessary.”