Following a series of complaints about loud music, a noise abatement notice was served by council environmental health officers on the occupant of a house at Golden Post in Hereford last week.
As it became clear that the occupant was not complying with the terms of the abatement notice, council staff obtained a warrant from the magistrates court and, with the police, then seized the offending noise equipment on Friday evening 25 July last week.
It was evident that replacement noise equipment was acquired over the following weekend, leading to a continued breach of the notice which was witnessed. Council environmental health officers therefore reapplied to the court to obtain a further warrant which was executed on Monday 28 July in the afternoon. Loud speakers and noise equipment was then seized the same day.
Marc Willimont, Head of Environmental Health said “Herefordshire Council has a duty to investigate all noise complaints and where proven, serve notice to abate this. We are particularly pleased with the support received from the courts and the police which enabled us to react so quickly to the benefit of the many neighbours who had been suffering this anti-social behaviour. We will continue to seize equipment if breaches recur. Although we are not party poopers, we would like to remind the public to be considerate to neighbours when playing loud music, especially in the summer months when windows and doors are left open.”
The council has securely stored the equipment and is now considering taking legal action against the tenant for the breach of the noise abatement notice.