Noise equipment has been seized from a property in Bridgwater, using powers under the Environmental Protection Act 1990.

The occupant was warned on several occasions by Somerset Council’s Environmental Health, to keep noise to a reasonable level. However, all warnings were completely ignored, and disturbance was caused to others.

A warrant granted the right to enter the property to abate a significant statutory nuisance being caused by a resident playing prolonged loud amplified music.

The property was entered with the assistance of Avon and Somerset Police and equipment capable of producing the noise nuisance was seized.

A prosecution will now be 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 Somerset Council’s 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 people’s lives.

Councillor Federica Smith Roberts, Lead Member for Communities, Housing and Culture said:

This type of behaviour is unacceptable. Most people show consideration to their neighbours regarding any noise they make, however, there are some individuals who don’t show such consideration.

Our officers will try to persuade them to behave more responsibly. if they don’t the Council has a range of legal powers at its disposal.

We only take enforcement action when other means of resolving the problem have failed.


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November 13, 2023

Melissa Webb


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