Cannock Chase Council’s environment leader has warned scrap metal dealers who disturb residents by blaring amplified bugle sounds from their trucks that they face prosecution.
The warning comes after a scrap metal dealer was forced to pay out over £1,000 following a successful prosecution by the Council.
Michael Wood, of Cornmill Close, Walsall, was spoken to by police on three occasions for the noise offence after his vehicle was stopped for playing the bugle sounds around streets in Hednesford and Cannock between September and October last year.
He was given an £800 fine with £550 costs and a £15 victim surcharge at Stafford Magistrates’ Court on 16th June for offences under noise pollution laws.
The Control of Pollution Act makes it an offence to use loudspeakers in the street at any hour for advertising any trade or business, with exemptions for emergency service vehicles and vehicles which sell perishable food such as ice cream.
Magistrates were told that Cannock Chase Council had received numerous complaints about the noise from scrap metal dealers. The bugle sound had been recorded and played through loudspeakers as the scrap metal dealer toured local streets.
Cllr Janos Toth, Cannock Chase Council Deputy Leader Environment Portfolio Holder, said: “Scrap metal dealers do provide a valuable service for people in Cannock Chase District but we receive lots of complaints from residents who are sick and tired of hearing bugles and other amplified sounds from some vehicles. If you’re a night-shift worker trying to sleep in the day, it’s just not fair.
“I hope this case serves as a warning to scrap metal dealers operating in the District that, when we have the evidence, we will always prosecute.”
Cllr Toth added: “I’d like to ask residents to help us in clamping down on this real nuisance by reporting any scrap metal dealers who are using amplified sounds by calling 01543 462621. Cannock Chase Council will act on witness statements from residents that include the date and time, the street and the vehicle’s registration number.
Information courtesy of Jamie Summerfield.
Member since: 10th July 2012
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