Published: Monday, 13th May 2019

A Rainham man has been ordered to pay more than £1,000 for carrying out noisy construction works outside of permitted hours.

In October 2017 Medway Council received a complaint about construction works in Motney Hill, Rainham, that had been allegedly taking place for a number of years including work using loud machines regularly taking place throughout the day at weekends. This contravenes the hours permitted for noisy works in Medway, which are 8am to 1pm on Saturdays and no noisy works on Sundays or bank holidays. 

The council’s Environmental Protection Team investigated the complaint and sent a letter to the owner of the property, Steven Hawkins, of Lower Rainham Road, Rainham, to advise him that a complaint had been made. 

Hawkins spoke to a member of the team and said he would continue to work outside of permitted weekend hours and was advised that if the council continued to receive complaints the noise may be monitored and formal action could be taken.

Council staff visited the property numerous times between December 2017 and September 2018 and issued Hawkins with a formal notice and letters detailing breaches of the notice, which he ignored. 

Hawkins pleaded guilty to failing to comply with a notice restricting noisy working hours at Medway Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, 2 May. 

Magistrates fined Hawkins £300 and ordered him to pay £722.30 costs and a £30 victim surcharge, totalling £1,052.30. 

Loud nuisance noise is detrimental to residents' quality of life

Cllr Jane Chitty, Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder covering Enforcement, said: “All construction works should be carried out during permitted hours. Loud nuisance noise such as this is detrimental to the quality of life of some local residents. In this case we contacted the gentleman both informally and formally on several occasions to try and resolve the situation without taking legal action but after he repeatedly ignored our notices we were left with no other option. We are committed to doing all we can to protect residents’ quality of life.”

Click here for advice about preventing nuisance noise. 

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