Blaring music lands noisy neighbours with big fines

26 October 2017

A thumping bass shaking the bedrooms walls at night is anyone’s worst nightmare and here in Brent, the culprits aren’t getting away scot free.

A business in Willesden Green has been fined £2070 and its owner £660 after repeatedly disturbing neighbours with loud music. 43 year old Mr Jason Neish, owner of Fallen Angel in Willesden, failed to attend his court hearing on 24th October 2017 and was found guilty in his absence.

Mr Neish was issued with a noise abatement notice in May earlier this year, and after repeated visits from Environmental Health officers, continued to ignore the warnings he received.

In a separate case, Mr Donovan Palmer, of Acton Lane, was found guilty and ordered to pay £300 at Willesden Magistrates Court on 24 October for playing rap music loud enough to cause vibrations in his neighbours flat. The court heard how Mr Palmer had been warned numerous times from Brent’s Nuisance Control Team and Brent Housing Management to keep his music at an acceptable level, but chose to ignore the advice. Not only is Mr Palmer out of pocket with a criminal conviction, but he now faces the very real possibility of losing his home, by giving his landlord grounds to seek possession of the property.

Cllr Tom Miller, Brent Council Cabinet Member for Stronger Communities, said:

“These cases show that people should not and do not have to put up with their neighbours playing loud music or shouting late at night. The owner of Fallen Angel showed a blatant disregard for others in the local community and didn't even turn up in court to explain, apologise or defend his actions.

“We will not tolerate anti-social behaviour which spoils the enjoyment of a neighbourhood by residents, visitors and nearby legitimate businesses. Residents are entitled to feel safe, happy and relaxed in their home and we will act to protect that right where necessary.

“If anyone in Brent is suffering because of noisy neighbours, I would urge them to report it to the Council so that we can help maintain a safe and healthy environment for everyone living and working in Brent. As Craig David once sang, when the bassline drops you know what to do…”