Westover ‘noise nuisance’- Sedgemoor wields the axe

Rave On no more
Rave On no more

Sedgemoor District Council has taken decisive action on behalf of  Westover residents who had complained about persistent noise nuisance in the Taunton road area with a court case following Police intervention in support of an operation by Environmental Health officers last month.

A fine of £5,160 has been set by Taunton magistrates on three Bridgwater residents, following the seizure of fifty-eight separate pieces of equipment, such as stereo equipment, speakers and televisions from 40, Taunton Road, Bridgwater on September 9th.  Sedgemoor DC Environmental Protection and Legal Teams took the successful prosecution case at Taunton Magistrates Court on the 3rd November 2014 for repeated noise nuisance offences.
Setting the fines of £1,720 each, the court issued a confiscation order so the equipment seized on the 9th September will not be returned to the occupants.  The level of fine awarded reflects the serious nature of the offences and supports the Councils action.
In September, SDC acted upon an Environmental Protection Act warrant after receiving numerous complaints about a serious noise problem with techno /rave music being played at loud volume for hours at a time.
A spokesperson for SDC said “This operation demonstrates Sedgemoor District Council’s willingness to use its full range of enforcement powers to tackle this sort anti-social and nuisance behaviour which can seriously affect the quality of people’s lives.”