28 September 2017
Three Sheffield women have each been handed a £976 court bill for making too much noise, and now face eviction from their council homes.
The separate cases involved complaints about loud music, shouting, parties and other noise, with problems going back two years in two cases. Previous warnings and noise abatement notices had been ignored in all three, with equipment seized from two properties.
This resulted in prosecutions by Sheffield City Council, and the women must now pay fines of £660, court costs of £250 and a £66 victim surcharge within 28 days.
The women were all council tenants while the offences took place, living in properties in Gleadless Valley, Netherthorpe and Waterthorpe. One has already left her council home and the other two face further action for breaching tenancy conditions.
Councillor Bryan Lodge, Cabinet Member for Environment, said: “Our officers go to great lengths to resolve noise issues and our environmental protection and housing officers work closely together. As these cases show, we will take people to court and take the strongest action available to us.
“I hope the size of the fines sends a clear message that playing loud music and shouting at all hours is not acceptable.”
Councillor Jayne Dunn, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods and Community Safety, added: “We look to evict council tenants who are making the lives of others a misery. It’s not right that a few irresponsible people can cause such problems for their neighbours. This will not be tolerated and we will take further action needed to prevent future anti-social behaviour.”
Caprice Renshaw, aged 20, of Raeburn Way, was convicted following complaints about noise which had been ongoing since August 2015. This included loud music, raised voices, banging and holding parties. Equipment, including TVs, speakers and DVD players, was seized from her home in June and July this year.
Angie Grimshaw, aged 43, was convicted over noise which had been ongoing since November 2016, including raised voices, shouting and dog barking.
Danielle Jubb, aged 37, of Powell Street, was convicted after two years of complaints about load music. Speakers and a TV were seized from her home in June this year.
The cases were brought to Sheffield Magistrates’ Court on 12 September by Sheffield City Council under the Environmental Protection Act 1990.
Problems with noise:
Noise issues can usually be resolved by neighbours talking to each other but if this does not succeed, then the council can get involved and officers will investigate
Visit www.sheffield.gov.uk/noise for more information.