Cock-a-doodle-don’t let your pets be so noisy!
PAIR FINED AFTER HENS AND COCKERELS ‘KEPT NEIGHBOURS AWAKE AT NIGHT’
IT’S normally big gatherings, loud music or barking dogs that get people into trouble with their neighbours or the local council.
But two Cardiff residents have been punished for a slightly more unusual reason – their noisy hens and crowing cockerels.
Both Naila Malik and Abu Siddique, who live in Grangetown, were fined hundreds of pounds by Cardiff council after neighbours complained about their 13 domestic fowl causing them distress and keeping them awake at night.
Malik and Siddique were told to pay a total of £880 each at Cardiff Magistrates’ Court after failing to keep their feathered friends quiet in the back garden of their home on Avondale Road.
Speaking after the court case, a spokesman for authority said: “The council is required by law to investigate any complaints relating to noise. In this instance a noise abatement notice was issued, following a number of complaints, and was breached so legal action was taken.
“We would like to remind everyone that excess noise can cause distress and if a complaint is received we will investigate.”
On Thursday, despite the complaints, some of their neighbours defended the pair, claiming the birds had never caused them a nuisance.
One said they had not been disturbed by the fowl, adding: “I can often hear them in the day but it’s not a nuisance to me.
“It’s never bothered me in the slightest, and no-one I’ve spoken to has been bothered by it much either.”
Another neighbour said: “I’m not sure why they keep them but I know they have other animals too. It seems strange in such an urban environment, but it’s not ever been a bother for me either.”
According to Cardiff council, the pair were both found guilty on December 22 of two offences of failing to comply with a noise abatement notice they were given in June.
The case was then adjourned until January 9 to make sure both defendants were told about the prosecution’s plan to apply for compensation and a Criminal Behaviour Order, which would restrict them from keeping the domestic fowl at their home. But that was eventually deemed “inappropriate” by magistrates.
On January 9, the court heard the three cockerels and 10 hens that were living in the back garden caused “distress” to neighbours and “disturbed their enjoyment of their home and garden during the day”.
The court also heard that while the birds kept neighbours awake at night, Siddique had made “some efforts” to control the noise.
The magistrates fined both defendants £500 and ordered them to each pay costs of £350 and a victim surcharge of £30 each.
It’s not the first time someone in Cardiff has been fined for their loud birds.
In 2012, Christoper Hunt was fined £135 for keeping ducks that were too noisy.
Hunt, of Court Road, Whitchurch, pleaded guilty to breaching a noise abatement notice after a year-long dispute with neighbours. The South Wales Echo has tried to contact Malik and Siddique but they have not responded to our request.