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.