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Case 344 - Village hall clock causes high ding-dong

Issue

A press article reported that a new member of the village had threatened to sue the parish council if the village hall clock strikes after 11pm. He claims the tranquil environs of the village had been disturbed by chiming every 15 minutes and will claim under health and safety legislation to stop this.

Panel opinion

There is nothing in workplace health and safety law that requires the chimes to be silenced. The issue is one of noise nuisance which is dealt with under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 (EPA). If residents think noise is affecting their health they can take this up either with their local council, who will investigate whether a nuisance exists, or directly through the courts. We have been advised that each case is considered on its own merits and the silencing of bells elsewhere does not create a precedent for all other cases.

2015-02-06