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NOISE POWERS COME INTO FORCE

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New powers for local authorities to seize noise-making equipment come into force today. The powers are contained in...
New powers for local authorities to seize noise-making equipment come into force today. The powers are contained in the Noise Act 1996 which received Royal Assent on 18 July.

Welcoming the introduction of the new powers, environment minister James Clappison said:

'Separating the thoughtless noisemaker from his noise-making equipment can be one of the most effective ways of stopping noise that is a nuisance. These new powers will provide local authorities with a swift and effective remedy to tackle some of the most serious cases.

'In addition to the new power of seizure, the Noise Act introduces a new offence, based on an objective standard against which noise from domestic premises at night can be assessed. Mr Clappison continued:

'We will very shortly be writing to local authorities in England and Wales and other interested organisations seeking their comments on a draft circular giving guidance on implementation of the act as a whole. We will be seeking comments on the proposed permitted level of noise for the new night noise offence and the way in which such night noise is measured.

'Our aim is that the new night noise offence will be available for those local authorities who choose to adopt it from April 1997.'

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