Published: Monday, 29th April 2019
We've prosecuted an Eltham resident for repeatedly playing loud music in the late hours.
Ms Leanne Mardell from Shepherds Leas in Eltham was ordered to pay almost £2,000 by Bexley Magistrates Court. The court also ordered that her docking station with speakers, which we seized, should not be returned to her.
We started our investigation against Leanne after receiving initial noise complaints about her in October 2017. The evidence we gathered confirmed she was repeatedly playing loud music between 9pm and midnight - this is statutory noise nuisance and meant we had a legal duty to resolve.
Leanne was served with a formal notice on 29 January 2018, requiring her to stop playing music at the level that disturbs her neighbours. However she continued to disrupt her neighbours; our officers witnessed this on five separate occasions and we were able to then prosecute her with this evidence.
Cllr Jackie Smith, Cabinet Member for Community Safety and Integrated Enforcement said: “Statutory noise nuisance is more than just a bit of loud noise now and again. It is a disturbance that interferes significantly with someone’s right to enjoy their home and can affect their quality of life.
“Ms Leanne Mardell’s blatant disregard for her neighbours is unacceptable. But thanks to those neighbours coming forward we were able to prosecute her and stop the unreasonable noise.”
If you are affected by unreasonable noise in our borough you can call 020 8921 8921 - it’s important you call whilst the noise is affecting you, so our officers can witness this and gather evidence for further action.
If the noise is not happening at present you can also make a noise complaint online.