Cockerels & Other Birds

Cockerels & Other Birds

Noisy Birds, Crowing Cockerels & Peacocks Most male birds make some noise, particularly at dawn. Whilst wild bird song can be particularly loud noisy birds are not generally accepted as a problem (and even if it were there would be…

Dancing with the Grim RIPA

Dancing with the Grim RIPA

RECENT CHANGES There have been some recent changes to the way that local authorities go about surveillance activities. The provisions brought about by the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012 tighten surveillance authorisation procedures and further restrict the ability to conduct…

Noise from Concerts & Festivals

Noise from Concerts & Festivals

Noise from Concerts and Festivals Summer brings with it the potential for noise from concerts and festivals. Outdoor events have increased in popularity in recent years. Most large concerts and festivals will require a premises licence to operate (issued under…

DIY

DIY

From time to time people it is inevitable that neighbours will need to complete maintenance tasks on property, improve living conditions or change decor. Most people can accept a certain amount of noise generated from DIY activity, even during evenings…

Best Practicable Means

Best Practicable Means

The defence of Best Practicable Means is available with respect to noise emitted from industrial, trade or business premises. It is available as a ground for appeal and as a defence to prosecution. A short audio update was given last…

Intruder Alarms

Intruder Alarms

Where audible intruder alarms malfunction or sound continuously they need to be switched off to prevent prolonged disturbance, particularly at night. Having access to key-holder details can speed the process up and prevent the need for enforcement action. However, local…

Fireworks

Fireworks

Noise from Fireworks Fireworks regulations restrict the level of noise from fireworks to 120dB. Trading Standards officers will check this limit through the manufacturers. The larger more powerful display fireworks are only allowed to be possessed by professionals; whereas it…

Section 82 – Statistics Update

Section 82 – Statistics Update

Statistics from the Ministry of Justice have recently been obtained relating to statutory nuisance prosecutions. Some of the figures stand out, particularly in relation to the use of s.82 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990. (Section 82 provides for persons…

Amourous Activity

Amourous Activity

Complaints of this nature are more common than you might think. Regularity will pose more of an annoyance factor; particularly if plenty of stamina is involved. Time of day also increases the likelyhood for such activity to be more intrusive…