Following the seizure of noise equipment from a property in Bridgwater, using powers under the Environmental Protection Act 1990, Somerset Council’s Environmental Health team have successfully prosecuted the offender.
Somerset Council was granted a forfeiture order to be able to destroy all seized equipment and the perpetrator was also handed a fine of £3395.
Somerset Council’s Environmental Health team hopes this will show its commitment to making sure those breaching an Abatement Notice cannot ignore it. Such action deters others in Somerset who play their music unreasonably loudly, significantly affecting other people.
Councillor Federica Smith Roberts, Lead Member for Communities, Housing and Culture said,
“Our officers will try to persuade individuals 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”.
To report a noise problem or for advice on any issues you can visit our website https://www.somerset.gov.uk/environment-and-food-safety/noise-nuisance/ or call 0300 123 2224