Qualifications and Professional Competence

In a recent noise enforcement forum questions were raised over the use of unqualified and inexperienced personnel to investigate and make determinations of statutory nuisance on behalf of local authorities. In particular, concerns centred around the possibility of legal challenges on appeal of a notice or during criminal proceedings. This article provides some discussion onContinue reading “Qualifications and Professional Competence”

Noisy Pub or Club

How to deal with a Noisy Pub or Club Whether it is live music, recorded music or patron noise the noisy pub or club can be a common cause for concern (particularly in mixed commercial/residential areas). In recent years enforcement officers and complainants have been blamed for the closure of some pubs and clubs (andContinue reading “Noisy Pub or Club”

What is a statutory nuisance?

What is a Statutory Nuisance Anyway?! When assessing the potential for nuisance the investigating officer will need to base his judgement on a number of factors. These include: •    How loud the noise is and how long it lasts•    How intrusive it is•    How frequent the intrusion is•    Whether it is a one-off or continuingContinue reading “What is a statutory nuisance?”

Control of noise on construction sites

Control of Noise from Building Sites Section 60 of the Control of Pollution Act 1974 refers to noise caused through the construction, repair or demolition of buildings. It provides discretionary powers to the local authority which enable them to serve a notice specifying how those works are to be carried out in terms of theContinue reading “Control of noise on construction sites”