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RESIDENT BOWLS OVER COUNCIL IN SKITTLE ALLEY ROW

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Sedgemoor District Council has been recommended to compensate a resident for failing to act against a noisy inn....
Sedgemoor District Council has been recommended to compensate a resident for failing to act against a noisy inn.

Over a period of seven years between 1998 and 2005, 'Mr Guthrie' (not his real name for legal reasons) made complaints about noise from the inn neighbouring his home. There was a planning condition on the inn's skittle alley restricting the level of amplified music permitted.

Sedgemoor failed to investigate the complaints properly and did not enforce planning conditions controlling noise from the inn, the Local Government Ombudsman ruled. In particular, there was inadequate liaison between the environmental health and planning departments. As a result, Mr Guthrie was caused disturbance over an unnecessarily prolonged period.

The ombudsman found maladministration causing injustice and recommended that Sedgemoor should:

--pay Mr Guthrie£3,000

--determine without further delay what action, if any, was necessary to remedy the breach of planning condition at the inn and inform Mr Guthrie of that decision

--review its liaison arrangements between the environmental health and planning departments to ensure that the maladministration identified did not recur.

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