Ipswich prepares to take on noisy neighbours as Christmas season starts

Officials from Ipswich Council will be clamping down on noise problems over Christmas, Picture: ARCH

Officials from Ipswich Council will be clamping down on noise problems over Christmas, Picture: ARCHANT - Credit: Archant

Ipswich council is to step up its battle against noisy neighbours in a bid to ensure residents can enjoy a peaceful Christmas.

And they’ve warned that if anyone is planning to have a ding-dong merrily on high during night times, they can expect a visit from a noise nuisance team.

The borough’s warning came after another successful prosecution of a householder whose late-night music had disturbed her neighbours.

A woman who upset her neighbours by playing loud music ended up in court on Tuesday and was handed a conditional discharge for 12 months.

Lindsay King, of Willowcroft Road, was also ordered to pay £50 costs and £20 victim surcharge.

King told magistrates she pleaded guilty to breaching a noise abatement notice but said there were no additional complaints against her.

A statutory noise nuisance was witnessed by an Ipswich Borough Council Environmental Health officer on June 17, with loud drum and bass music accompanied by the lyrics “shut up, shut up”.

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An abatement notice was served on King on June 19 and a further complaint brought the officer back on July 2 to witness a breach of that notice. The council then took legal action against her.

A council spokesman said: “We will not tolerate noise nuisances like this. Neighbours do not have to put up with it and can report cases to our Environmental Health team through the website on www.ipswich.gov.uk”

He said the council had further prosecutions lined up in the New Year and the council’s environmental health team would be on duty throughout the Christmas season to try to ensure the season of peace and goodwill included ensuring people were not disturbed by late night music.

He said: “We know that at this time of the year there are a lot of parties going on and we do not want to stop anyone enjoying themselves.

“But we do expect people to have consideration for others who are trying to sleep and be ready for work in the morning – so we will be taking action against those who defy noise abatement orders.”

The council has this year extended the hours that its environmental teams operate in a bid to reduce the number of problems for residents across Ipswich – and this is the first Christmas they have been operating longer hours.