TV and speakers seized from Northamptonshire property after being used so loudly they caused vibrations in neighbour’s house

The TV and sound equipment seized by environmental protection officers
The TV and sound equipment seized by environmental protection officers

A home entertainment system has been seized from a Daventry resident who repeatedly breached a noise abatement notice.

The equipment, including a 40-inch TV, a sound bar and speakers, was removed after reports from neighbours that the notice was being ignored.

Officers from Daventry District Council’s environmental protection team had begun investigating the problem in September last year following a complaint that excessive noise was coming from the home, on Daventry’s Headlands estate.

Monitoring equipment installed by the team in a neighbouring property revealed the extent of the problem, which officers determined amounted to statutory nuisance under the Environmental Protection Act 1990.

A noise abatement notice was served on November 4, but further noise complaints were made and the environmental protection team installed the monitoring equipment again.

It revealed multiple breaches of the notice. Council officers also witnessed music so loud that vibrations were felt in the neighbouring property, while the lyrics could be heard clearly through the wall.

The team warned the resident responsible that equipment would be seized from their home if they continued to ignore the notice.

But there were further breaches and officers obtained a warrant from Northampton Magistrates Court before entering the property with the assistance of the police and seizing the items.

Councillor Mike Warren, environmental health portfolio holder on Daventry District Council, said: “Enforcement action such as this is a last resort but it should send out a clear message about the consequences of failing to heed a noise abatement notice.

“Many of us enjoy a party or celebration from time-to-time and this council does not seek to spoil people’s enjoyment of those occasions, but noise that is too intrusive or persistent can make others’ lives a misery.

“We would urge residents to show consideration to their neighbours, so that we can all enjoy our lives free from the disturbance of excessive noise.”

DDC’s Environmental Protection Team has the following advice for anyone affected by nuisance noise:

- First of all, consider talking to the person or company responsible for the noise and point out the problem. You may find they are unaware that they are disturbing you. Remember, we may all be guilty of making noise at some time without realising its effects.

- If the direct, polite approach does not succeed, you may want to consider mediation. An independent third party will listen to the views of both parties and can help them to reach an agreement or compromise. Find out more from Mediation UK on 0117 9046661.

- When informal action is not possible or fails, you can attempt to resolve the problem by seeking a more formal route. Report the matter at www.daventrydc.gov.uk/online or phone DDC on 01327 871100.

- If you are planning a party yourself it can be a good idea to let your neighbours know first and agree to turn the volume down at a reasonable time, in order to avoid any complaints against you.