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Local authority issues stern warning to noisy dog owners

Powys County Council Cracks Down on Noise Nuisance, Secures Successful Prosecution

In a decisive move to address noise disturbances caused by barking dogs, Powys County Council’s Environmental Protection Team has issued a stern warning to dog owners. The announcement comes on the heels of a successful prosecution against a resident in north Powys, who faced legal consequences for breaching a noise abatement notice.

The case, which began garnering complaints in 2021, culminated in the resident being fined £500 by Llandrindod Wells Magistrates Court earlier this month (December). Additionally, the court ordered the payment of £450 in costs and a £200 victim surcharge. This landmark decision reflects the council’s commitment to addressing persistent noise nuisances that disrupt the peace of local communities.

The saga unfolded with the Environmental Protection Team conducting thorough investigations following multiple complaints. Subsequently, an abatement notice was served on the resident to mitigate the noise emanating from their dog’s incessant barking. Despite this intervention, the resident persisted in allowing the disturbance to persist, prompting the team to record breaches on four separate occasions.

With attempts to engage the resident in resolving the matter proving futile, the case was brought before the Magistrates Court, resulting in the hefty fine and associated costs. Councillor Richard Church, Cabinet Member for a Safer Powys, emphasised the significance of the prosecution in sending a clear message to the community.

“Residents should be able to live in their own homes without being severely impacted by ongoing unrelenting noise nuisance,” stated Cllr Church. “Despite being made aware of this noise nuisance by the council on several occasions, the defendant continued to allow his dogs to bark and cause a nuisance to neighbours. This successful prosecution serves as a reminder of the need to show consideration to neighbours, and that we will not hesitate to take action against those who negatively impact the lives of others.”

The enforcement action taken by Powys County Council underscores the importance of responsible pet ownership and the obligation to address disturbances that infringe upon the rights of fellow residents. As local authorities across the country grapple with similar issues, this case sets a precedent for stringent measures against those who fail to address noise nuisances promptly.