Building firm fined for breaching noise notice after residents complained


A Bedford building company has been ordered to pay £6,484 after being found guilty of breaching a noise notice.

WOW Interiors Design and Build Ltd was found guilty of breaching a legal notice, served under section 60 of the Control of Pollution Act 1974, on four occasions, following a trial at Luton Magistrates’ Court on Monday, September 29.

It was fined £315 per offence, plus a victim surcharge of £32, and also ordered to pay the council’s full costs of £5,192.

The section 60 notice served by Bedford Borough Council followed ongoing complaints to the council from local residents regarding the excessive noise generated from renovation works being carried out from a construction site at 29 Goldington Road, Bedford.

Residents reported they had suffered noise from the site seven days a week since work started in March 2013.

Officers from Environmental Health initially spoke to the company to advise them of the hours of work recommended by the council, the court heard.

After the company refused to co-operate, the council was left with no alternative but to serve a section 60 notice. This restricted the company’s hours of noisy work to Monday to Friday 8am – 6pm and Saturday 8am - 1pm with no noisy works on Sunday or bank holidays.

Following the serving of the notice on July 30, 2013, officers continued to witness noise being generated from the site, including the weekend immediately after the notice restricting the working hours had been served.

Cllr Sarah-Jayne Holland, Portfolio Holder for Community Safety and Regulatory Services, said: “The council recognises that development of the locality is crucial to the success of the town; we welcome redevelopment and renovation to enhance the prospects for Bedford.

“However, such redevelopment should not be at the expense of existing residents. Unfortunately where local traders do not co-operate and their actions are having a detrimental effect to others, the council will intervene and take action where necessary.”