neighbour warned he could lose home
Putney man who has plagued his neighbours with noisy late
night music has been put on advance warning that he could
lose his home if he carries on causing disturbance. Ian
Walker, who is the leaseholder of a one bedroom property in
Dover House Road has been served with a notice under the Law
of Property Act 1925, which means that if he continues to
cause problems for his neighbours, he could face eviction.
notice was served after Mr Walker was fined £3,000 and
ordered to pay prosecution costs of £250 after the council
took him to court earlier this month for breaching a noise
abatement notice. It was his second noise nuisance conviction
in just over five years.
heard that on September 1 last year, council noise patrollers
caught Mr Walker playing music very loudly at 1.30am. The
patrollers reported that the noise was so bad that none of
his neighbours could possibly have slept through it.
court heard that playing such loud music meant that Mr Walker
was in breach of a 12 month noise abatement notice that had
been issued under the Environmental Protection Act in December
2001 after more complaints were received from local people.
that occasion, council patrollers had visited his property
just after 3am and found that music from his house could be
heard 40 metres away. When they reached his property they
realised that the music was so loud it was causing his front
door to vibrate. It was so deafening that it was some time
before Mr Walker answered his front door because he could
not hear the officers knocking.
court also heard that Mr Walker was fined £1,500 with
£100 costs for noise nuisance in March 1997 and that
there had been another noise abatement notice issued to him
in November 2000 following more complaints from neighbours.
member for housing Cllr Martin Johnson said: "People
who make their neighbours' lives a misery should be under
no illusion that we will take the toughest possible action
against them. In cases like this the message is very clear.
If you persistently play loud music or cause any type of noise
nuisance, then it could end up costing you your home.
this particular case, the leaseholder has been taken to court
twice and fined heavily and now he has been served with the
legal papers informing him of the dire consequences he will
face if he doesn't improve his behaviour. We are not prepared
to sit back and allow this type of intolerable behaviour to
disturb and disrupt the lives of people living on our estates."