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    The pollution team investigates many different types of nuisance complaints such as noise, odour and smoke from bonfires.   

    A disturbance will only be deemed to be a statutory nuisance where it "materially interferes" with another persons enjoyment of their own home.  The law requires the Council to act as the standard person when deciding whether something amounts to a statutory nuisance.  Factors that affect whether noise is a nuisance include: the time of the day or night; duration; location and frequency of the noise (is it a one off, or is it every day for several hours.) - Please note that one off parties are highly unlikely to be classed as a statutory nuisance. 
     

    A common misconception is that to judge whether a noise constitutes a statutory nuisance an officer must come out with a noise meter - this is incorrect - we generally use our ears and normally listen to the noise to judge whether it is a statutory nuisance. 
     
    Unfortunately the powers we use to deal with statutory noise nuisances do not extend to cover noise disturbance from  people shouting/ screaming/ laughing in the street or public places or noise from railways, roads and aircraft. 
     
    For further details about all aspects of noise please click here .
     
    For more information on how to reduce noise problems in the home please click here

    In addition to noise other common nuisances which cause complaints are bonfires, barbeques, fireworks and odours.  For more information about each of these issues please click on the relevant links.

    Gaining evidence of whether something constitutes a statutory nuisance can often be difficult especially if the problem is short lived. If you find that you are being troubled by noise from different premises, each only causing a disturbance ocasionally, a nuisance action would be difficult. For the Council to take formal action, we must be satisfied that the occupants of an individual property are creating a statutory nuisance.  Please note that there are no bye-laws relating to bonfires in the district.

    Case law states that we are not permitted to consider "sensitive" individuals (i.e. those with respiratory problems, when considering whether a bonfire is a nuisance or not).  Where the Council is satisfied that a statutory nuisance is being created, we will serve an abatement notice.  This notice may require that the nuisance is stopped immediately, or place restrictions on when and how long an activity can occur or place other restrictions as necessary.

    Where a person breaches an abatement notice, the Council can prosecute; carry out works in default (e.g. deactivate a sounding alarm, or seize noise making equipment etc); seek an injunction; or all of the above. 
     
    We will always first try to resolve the matter with informal action, paying regard to our enforcement policy, however formal action will be taken where necessary.
     
    For further information or advice on noise disturbance, please contact us on 01730 234360 or by emailing ehealth@easthants.gov.uk
     

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