Arkwrights noisy neighbours back in court again

Crime / Fri 19th Nov 2021 at 10:56am

A PERSISTENT noisy neighbour who played heavy-bass music at excessive volumes has once again found themselves subject to court action thanks to Harlow Council.

Back in September, Laura Featley, of Arkwrights, was fined by the court following several complaints of bass-heavy dance music being played loudly from her home, sometimes for hours at a time. These complaints were investigated by Environmental Health officers.

Despite a noise abatement notice being issued, and while the last set of court proceedings were being prepared, Miss Featley continued to cause problems for her neighbours with her continuous loud music. 

This led to the council issuing further court proceedings against her, which were held via the Single Justice Procedure (used for minor criminal offences), meaning there was no physical hearing. After once again being found guilty she was issued a fine of £220, as well as a victim surcharge of £34 and legal costs of £45, meaning she must pay £299 for this latest offence.

Commenting on the case, Councillor Nicky Purse, portfolio holder for environment, said: “My thanks go out to the Environmental Health and Legal teams here at Harlow Council for once again proving that it doesn’t pay to be a noise nuisance. It is unfair and unacceptable that our residents in Arkwrights have been subjected to this barrage of noise by one person for this long and I really do hope that now, following two guilty judgements from the court, that this resident thinks about the consequences of their actions have on those around them and works to change their ways.

“It’s about respecting one another – something that I think we can all agree is part of our community’s makeup. If you don’t show respect for your community, it could end up being an expensive choice as this case has shown.”

You can report nuisance noise of various types to the council at www.harlow.gov.uk/noise

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7 Comments for Arkwrights noisy neighbours back in court again:

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2021-11-19 11:15:13

Can't someone tell her about headphones or ear buds!!! She can play them as loud as she likes and no one else will hear!!!

2021-11-19 12:32:40

If its not drugs its anti social behaviour in arkwrights. Really getting annoyed with it round here.

Steven Snell
2021-11-19 13:11:34

It’s a shame that Arkwrights is going down hill. It’s going to be as bad as brocklesmead soon. I’m glad I don’t live there

2021-11-19 13:13:14

Pity the council cannot do something about the noise that is emanating from possibly the Pinnacles and affects a lot more Harlow residents.

Brian M
2021-11-19 16:58:48

Lived in Arkwrights 40 years and these last few years its got worse and worse. Wish I had moved a few years ago like my neighbours did. More drug dealers then boots the chemist. Turned into one of the worst area in this town

Kamil Jozwiak
2021-11-19 20:34:48

Why no police seen in Arkwrights? We never see them to help with problems, my car was stolen in day time and it gets more problem day by day.

2021-11-20 11:27:20

We need a neighbourhood watch in arkwrights. Moved in a year ago and someone tried to break into our car and weve had our bikes stolen from our garage. No wonder our car insurance went up when we moved here!!!

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