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Noisy neighbours and how the local authority can help

The following is an extract from the newham.gov.uk  web site about noisey neighbours.

“Newham Council is warning people who play loud music at unsociable hours that they can expect court action if they continue to make their neighbours’ lives a misery.

The warning follows three recent successful prosecutions by the council’s noise and nuisance team after a total of 64 complaints were made against three residents over a 12-month period.

The three had been making their neighbours lives a misery by playing very loud music into the early hours of the morning. They had ignored repeated warnings and noise abatement notices from the council.

After witnessing several breaches of the abatement notices, the council enforcement officers, supported by the Safer Newham Police Team, executed warrants to seize sound equipment from the homes of Angela Rivillas and Odi Ditampa.

At Stratford Magistrates Court Rivillas, of Barking Road, East Ham, admitted two offences of failing to comply with a noise abatement notice. She was fined a total of £300 and made to pay a victim surcharge of £15 plus £300 court costs.

Ditampa, of Forest View Road, Manor Park, was convicted in his absence of failing to comply with a noise abatement notice. He was fined £525 and made to pay a victim surcharge of £15 plus £350 costs.

Following this council’s enforcement action there has been no further noise complaints about the two addresses.

In another case at Stratford Court, Trina Joseph, of Peridot Street, Beckton, admitted two offences of failing to comply with a noise abatement notice. She was fined £150, made to pay a victim surcharge of £15 plus £320 costs.”

It is impossible to install soundproofing that will stop this kind of loud noise from neighbours at night or for that matter, even in the day.  However, normal household noises that are not anti-socially loud should not be heard so if you have any noise issues and want a soundproofing solution, go to Sound Service (Oxford) Ltd. at their web site www.keepitquiet.co.uk