Wine bar owner ordered to pay £4,000

A wine bar owner has been ordered to pay more than £4,000 after he failed to comply to a noise abatement order.

Sanjay Raval, of Almond Grove, Hempstead, owner of City Wall Wine Bar in High Street Rochester, pleaded guilty to failing to comply with an abatement notice for loud amplified music and bass at Medway Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday, 3 January.

Medway Council told the court that the council had received numerous complaints spanning from July 2013 to July 2017 regarding noise coming from the premises. Council officers had tried to work with Raval on a number of occasions to try and resolve the problems and despite Raval undertaking steps to deal with the nuisance the council continued to receive complaints from members of the public. The council also told the court that officers continued to witness incidents where the music was so loud it would interfere with residents’ enjoyment of their property and could prevent sleep.

Medway Council’s Environment Protection Team was left with no option but to serve formal noise abatement notices to Raval.

Magistrates fined Raval £2,000 and ordered him to pay costs of £2,000 and a victim surcharge of £175.

‘We had no option but to take legal action’

Tim England, Medway Council’s head of safer communities, said: “After a numerous complaints, spanning several years, we had no option but to take legal action. Residents have the right to a peaceful environment in the own homes and the loud music coming from the premises was a nuisance. Anti-social behaviour of this nature will not be tolerated.”

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