Macclesfield Express - - NEW YEAR’S HONOURS LIST -

A NEIGH­BOUR has been handed a bill for £1,750 after re­peat­edly ig­nor­ing warn­ings to keep the noise down, a court heard.

Res­i­dents com­plained to the coun­cil after Eric John­son, 39, car­ried out build­ing work on his house on Water­house Av­enue, Bolling­ton, in the early morn­ings and on Sun­days and bank hol­i­days.

Peo­ple liv­ing nearby said they had been forced to take time off work be­cause of fa­tigue and lost sleep due to the dis­tur­bance caused by his ren­o­va­tions.

Yet de­spite be­ing served a no­tice by coun­cil of­fi­cers telling him to keep quiet at cer­tain times, John­son con­tin­ued to carry out work at unso­cia­ble hours.

The com­plaints con­tin­ued and coun­cil of­fi­cers wit­nessed him do­ing the work – a com­plete re­fur­bish­ment of the house in­clud­ing a new two-story ex­ten­sion – out­side the per­mit­ted hours.

At a hear­ing at Mac­cles­field Mag­is­trates’ Court on Thurs­day, De­cem­ber 18 John­son pleaded guilty to fail­ing to com­ply with the no­tice.

He was fined £400 and or­dered to pay the coun­cil’s in­ves­ti­ga­tion costs of £1,349.92.

The mag­is­trates also ad­vised him to com­ply with the no­tice in fu­ture.

Speak­ing after the hear­ing, Coun­cil­lor Les Gil­bert, Cheshire East’s Cab­i­net mem­ber for lo­cal­ism and en­force­ment, said: “Peo­ple are en­ti­tled to ex­pect peace and quiet at cer­tain times of the day and we take ac­tion where ap­pro­pri­ate to up­hold this right.

“Any­one who car­ries out build­ing work in a res­i­den­tial area should take no­tice of this case.”

The no­tice per­mits John­son to carry out work be­tween the hours of 8am and 6pm on week­days and 9am and 2pm on Satur­days.

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