Noise is a pollutant which can be a source of anxiety and stress for many people and have lasting psychological effects. Noise nuisance is unwanted sound that can impact on quality of life, comfort and amenity and cause prejudice to health and wellbeing.

Noise nuisance impacts on quality of life, wellbeing and health.

There is no clear objective definition as to what constitutes a nuisance. In principle, almost anything which stops anyone from exercising and enjoying their rights can be deemed a nuisance under common law. If a nuisance affects a whole neighbourhood, it can be considered to be a public nuisance. Under common law a nuisance can either be a ‘public’ or ‘private’ nuisance. A public nuisance can at the same time be a private nuisance.

Environmental Health Professionals are the recognised experts for assessing statutory nuisances, and are authorised by local authorities to abate statutory nuisances and or prevent nuisances through enforcement action.

Local Authority employed Environmental Health Professionals, may serve a noise abatement notice under Section 80 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990. Section 82 of the Act enables any person aggrieved by a statutory nuisance to take their own action in the Magistrates’ Court to obtain a Court Order to stop a noise nuisance.

At Noisedirect, our team of skilled and fully qualified Environmental Health Practitioners have extensive regulatory and enforcement experience, including issuing Abatement Notices, prosecuting offences under Section 80 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990, providing expert witness services for private prosecutions under Section 82 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990, assisting with Section 80 appeals, Licensing Reviews and Planning Applications. 

For more information on Court procedures or to discuss any noise issue affecting your use of your home or business; including advice on how to fund your legal action through insurance cover, contact Noisedirect for a £39.00 (plus VAT) fixed fee, 30 minute Noisedirect Telephone Consultation. 

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