Former Orsett Hall boss fined over noise

THE FORMER PROPRIETOR OF Orsett Hall Hotel was fined this week at Chelmsford Magistrates Court after he pleaded guilty for breaching a noise abatement notice on two occasions in September and October 2011.

The Fox and Hounds Public House, Church Road, Ramsden Heath, Billericay was first reported to the council in July 2011 when a neighbour complained about loud music coming from an event in the garden of the premises.

In September 2011 a breach of the noise abatement notice was witnessed by an Environmental Officer from the Council. A further breach was witnessed in October 2011. A noise abatement notice was served on the Licence Holder and Designated Premises Supervisor, Mr. Stephen Haynes, formerly of Orsett Hall.

Mr Haynes appeared in Court on 14 February and pleaded guilty to both offences. He was fined £500 for each breach and ordered to pay costs of £533.12 and a £15 victim surcharge. Mr Haynes now has a criminal record and has to pay a total of £1,548.12 for playing loud music that caused a nuisance to his neighbour.

Chelmsford Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Safer Communities, Councillor Ian Grundy, said: “It is the right of every resident in Chelmsford to enjoy peace and quiet in their own home. I hope this prosecution demonstrates that Chelmsford Borough Council takes the issue of noise nuisance from licensed premises seriously and is willing to prosecute those landlords who repeatedly cause a nuisance.”

The magistrate summed up the proceedings by telling Mr Haynes that if he were to appear in front of the Court again for similar offences a stiffer penalty would be imposed.

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