They used to be friends, but the 72 year-old UK man fumed when building work next door disturbed him from early morning 'till 10 at night. Things escalated, and his former friend retaliated by complaining about the loud music.
He was slapped with a noise abatement order banning him from making too much noise. Last week a court ruled he breached it by playing his keyboard. Six officers raided his home last week and confiscated his keyboard, three TVs, a laptop, four tape players, a megaphone and an ornamental gong from his home. The retired hotel manager, who is divorced and has no children, claims the authorities overreacted.
Abatement notices are served by local authorities when it is deemed that a noise problem amounts to a statutory nuisance. The notice may require that the noise be stopped altogether or limited to certain times of day. A spokesman for the council said: "As legal proceedings are ongoing we are unable to comment further at this stage." Source: Telegraph.
The old man has my sympathy. He wants to amuse himself by playing beautiful music, which will keep his mind, and skill, active.
Their houses are abutted, leaving no space between them. Perhaps the neighbours should come to an agreement about certain times when the noise would be acceptable.
Um, I have to admit that a recent tenant in our block of four flats has just been rehoused. My neighbour on the lower floor constantly complained about her (and her male visitors) comings and goings, as well as the noise overhead.
Loud music at unsociable hours doesn't disturb me. On one side of our home, a public house used to employ live bands. Now converted to a shtibel (synagogue), wonderful music drifts into the peace of our neighbourhood at various times. I love the voice harmonies which come over microphones on special celebrations. But what if the music came over and over, day and night? I don't know if I could accept that so easily.
How would you react to constant loud music?