A NIGHTMARE neighbour has been fined for playing loud music as Hyndburn Council takes a no-nonsense stand.
Rebecca Wolfenden, formerly of Chestnut Grove, Fern Gore, was fined £170 and ordered to pay £65 costs after breaching a noise abatement order twice – once in March and again in May.
On both occasions, officers from the council’s night-time noise service were called out by neighbours in the early hours of the morning and heard loud music and raised voices at Wolfenden’s home.
The single mum, aged 23, who now lives in Hope Street, Accrington, told the Observer: “I just had a few friends round and it was just music on the TV. Everyone is entitled to have a party once in a while. In two years I have had two.”
But neighbour Marion Parkinson, 66, said she had to endure years of loud music and verbal abuse from her “neighbour from hell”.
She said: “She played music at all times – sometimes at three or four o’clock in the morning. She was always banging about and shouting and playing lots of bass music.
“I have just got out of hospital and I was dreading coming back home. All the stress has affected my health.”
“I had to put up with it for four years; it was a nightmare. She doesn’t have any sense of responsibility and she has not been fined enough.”
Councillor Peter Clarke, Cabinet member for environmental issues, said: “This case demonstrates the council’s tough line on noise nuisance.
“People have the right to live in peace in their own homes and should not be subjected to the misery of late-night loud noise. We are prepared to take people to court if they continue to behave in this anti-social way.”
For more information on noisy neighbours contact environmental health on 388111.