Lowestoft wine bar fined for noise nuisance

The hearing was held at Lowestoft Magistrates Court. Picture: James Bass

The hearing was held at Lowestoft Magistrates Court. Picture: James Bass - Credit: James Bass

The licensee of a Lowestoft nightspot has been fined more than £4,000 for breaching noise regulations.

Kelly Dighton, license holder for Flawless wine and cocktail bar on Commercial Road, was found guilty on three counts of breaching a noise nuisance abatement notice.

Ms Dighton had previously failed to appear at Lowestoft Magistrates Court on two occasions and the hearing was therefore held in her absence on Wednesday September 7.

At the hearing, Ms Dighton was fined a total of £4,820 for the three breaches of the abatement notice and associated legal costs.

Stephen Ardley, Waveney's cabinet member for Operational Partnerships, said: 'Excessive noise can be extremely unpleasant for those affected; in this case, noise levels were so high that the walls and floors in neighbouring residential properties were vibrating.

'Our environmental protection team works tirelessly to ensure Waveney residents are protected from nuisances, such as excessive noise, which can be detrimental to health and wellbeing.'

Since the premises re-opened as a wine bar earlier this year, Waveney District Council's Environmental Protection team had received numerous complaints regarding excessive noise.

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Discussions with the licence holder failed to reach a resolution and after site visits to the premises found that loud music was being played at a volume to cause a statutory nuisance, an Environmental Protection Act 1990 Noise Abatement Notice was served to Ms Dighton.

Despite the notice and ongoing negotiations with the council's environmental protection and licensing teams, complaints continued and the notice was breached.

Following the hearing, the environmental protection team has applied for a licence review.

? Noise nuisances can be reported on 01502 562111 or via environment@eastsuffolk.gov.uk

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