Council prosecutes noisy Stevenage neighbour

24 Oct 2017

Stevenage Borough Council has prosecuted a noisy resident who kept her neighbours up at night by playing loud music.

Claire Bennett of Buckthorn Avenue, pleaded guilty at Stevenage Magistrates’ Court on Friday 20 October to breaching a noise abatement notice and was fined £100 for the offence. She was also ordered to pay £300 towards the council’s legal costs as well as a £30 victim surcharge.

The council received complaints about loud music being played at all hours of the day and night last year and an abatement notice was served with sound equipment also seized. Miss Bennett continued to breach the notice and further action was taken in June this year with even more sound equipment being taken from the property.

Cllr Jackie Hollywell, Executive Member for Safer Communities and Equalities, said: “This prosecution shows that we will take action against people who cause continual nuisance and disturbance to those living around them. I would like to thank the officers involved in this prosecution as we all need to be considerate of our neighbours as excessive loud noise can cause great distress to people. We would encourage anyone suffering from persistently noisy neighbours to contact us for advice and assistance.”

If you’re experiencing issues with a noisy neighbour, you can get advice and assistance from the council’s Environmental Health team by reporting issues online at the council’s website at