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Council court win about noisy gate

A senior councillor has said a court case about a Bognor Regis property showed Arun District Council’s determination to back its legal duty.


The council has been awarded £20,000 costs by Brighton magistrates after it took the management company of the Compass Point flats to court over a noisy gate.


The company was also fined £2,500 for being guilty of a breach of an abatement notice served by council and handed a victim surcharge of £170.


Cllr Matt Stanley, the council’s member for technical services, said: “This case shows that the council is determined and equipped to ensure that compliance with the abatement notices it serves is achieved.


“The fine and costs incurred by the defendant shows that it is not only important to comply with abatement notices issued by the council’s environmental health service but that it is also the most cost effective approach.”


In August, 2017, the council received a complaint about a noisy electronic gate and the disturbance it caused to occupants of a flat at Compass Point, on the corner of The Esplanade and Gloucester Road, as the gate transmits noise into the flat.


After investigation, the council determined this was a statutory nuisance. Talks with the management company led to work on the gate but some noise still remained and specialist acoustic advice was never sought.

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