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Staffordshire Moorlands District Council takes action over noise nuisance caused by Christopher Millar and Lyndsey Hope

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: July 26, 2014

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RESIDENTS of Portland Street in Leek are enjoying a quieter life thanks to action taken to remove six items of "noise-making equipment" from a neighbour's property.

Staffordshire Moorlands District Council has confirmed a warrant was executed by environmental health officers under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 to remove items such as televisions, radios and speaker systems from the home of Christopher Millar and Lyndsey Hope.

The action comes after complaints from neighbours about loud music being played, often in the early hours of the morning, by My Millar and Ms Hope who "repeatedly ignored" requests from council officers to turn the volume down.

Councillor Gill Burton, cabinet member for communities, said: "By continually refusing to play their music at a reasonable volume this couple left us with no choice but to take action.

"They were causing disturbance and nuisance to their neighbours, which is clearly unacceptable.

"I hope that the action the council has taken will send out a very clear message that we will stand up for the majority of our residents and use our powers to help them enjoy a quality of life that is unhindered by irresponsible neighbours."

The equipment that was removed will be stored by the Council for at least 28 days and will only be returned on payment of a charge, which takes into account the cost of the enforcement action and storage of the items.

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