Cock-a-doo­dle-don’t let your pets be so noisy!

PAIR FINED AF­TER HENS AND COCK­ERELS ‘KEPT NEIGH­BOURS AWAKE AT NIGHT’

South Wales Echo - - NEWS - TOM HOUGHTON Re­porter tom.houghton@waleson­line.co.uk

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.

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