TWO Cambridge residents have been prosecuted for failing to comply with abatement notices under the Environmental Protection Act 1990.
In a prosecution, which is the first of its kind to be brought by Cambridge City Council, a resident of Darwin Drive was ordered to pay legal costs and a victim surcharge for failing to comply with a light abatement notice.
Maria Casciaro was ordered to pay a total of £520 by Peterborough Magistrates' Court on 29 April and was imposed with a conditional discharge. Ms Casciaro entered a guilty plea but did not attend court.
Council officers found the security light fitted to Ms Casciaro’s property was extremely bright and was shining directly into neighbouring properties.
Following repeated requests to lower the light, a light abatement notice was served in December 2017 on Ms Casciaro. Council officers subsequently witnessed this notice being breached on three separate occasions.
A separate case was brought before Cambridge Magistrates' Court on 1 May relating to a Cambridge resident who failed to comply with a noise abatement notice.
Ms Sukra of Campkin Road was ordered to pay a fine of £120 plus costs of £600 and a victim surcharge of £30. She entered a guilty plea but did not attend court.
Cllr Rosy Moore, Executive Councillor for Climate Change, Environment and City Centre, said: “Living in close proximity to nuisance neighbours can be extremely distressing for families and interferes with the quiet enjoyment of their homes.
“We always try to resolve issues between the parties involved but unfortunately that is not always possible. I hope these prosecutions give a clear message that we will take action against offenders.
You can find out more on nuisance and how to report nuisance complaints at www.cambridge.gov.uk or emailing Environmental Services at firstname.lastname@example.org or phoning 01223 457900. To report serious noise issues outside of our business hours, phone 0300 303 8389