Noise costs woman hundredsSafer Stronger North Somerset
A woman from Worle who ignored a noise abatement notice has been ordered to pay hundreds of pounds in fines and costs.
Shanley Turner, aged 23, from Madam Road was found guilty in her absence at North Somerset Magistrates Court today (Friday 17 August).
The court heard that North Somerset Council received complaints of noise from music being played at excessive volume from Turner’s property from February this year. Following an investigation, a noise abatement notice was served in May requiring her ‘to take such action as may be necessary to prevent the playing of music at excessive volume’.
However there were further complaints about loud music on Wednesday 16 May (the day after the service of the notice), 18 and 20 May. On Tuesday 29 May following another complaint, council officers visited the complainant and loud music could be heard coming from Turner’s home. The officers went into the complainant’s home and could hear the music which was audible over conversation, even when the washing machine was going through its spin cycle. The officers could clearly hear the music, a child’s voice and an adult female voice shouting and swearing. The officers asked the complainant to turn on their television and the music from Turner’s property was still loud and intrusive.
In the officers’ opinion the music was unreasonable and excessive and was a statutory nuisance in breach of the abatement notice.
On Monday 4 June officers went to Turner’s address with a warrant and removed a portable television and some speakers. The television was left so that Turner’s children could use it.
Magistrates fined her £440 and ordered that she pay costs of £574 and a victim surcharge of £44.
Cllr Peter Bryant, North Somerset Council’s executive member whose portfolio includes environmental protection, said: “This kind of noise can have a really detrimental effect on people’s lives. I am satisfied with the outcome and this case shows we will take appropriate action where we have the evidence.”