Neighbour’s loud music leads to fine


The residents of a street in Carr Vale can sleep a little easier after a noisy neighbour landed himself with a fine for playing music too loud.

Chesterfield magistrates’ court recently heard how Ross Layden, of Charlesworth Street, Carr Vale, received the fine after the court returned a guilty verdict for breaching an abatement notice.

He was convicted under the Environmental Protection Act in his absence.

Layden was fined £600 and must pay £375 costs and a £60 victim surcharge.

Residents complained to Bolsover District Council in January 2013, alleging they were being subjected to loud music being played at the defendant’s property.

After writing to the occupant warning him of his conduct and following several visits from council officers who witnessed the noise nuisance, an abatement notice was served on Layden in February 2013. The court heard he twice breached the notice by playing loud music.

Bolsover District Council environment chief, Cllr Dennis Kelly, said: “This person had plenty of warnings, but continued to think he could do what he wanted. Maybe now he will think twice before turning his stereo up.

“He had no regard for his neighbours and this is a prime example of selfish behaviour.

“Our message is quite simple and clear – turn it down or you will face court action.”

Anyone experiencing noise problems in Bolsover district is being urged to report problems to the council on (01246) 242424 or visit for details.