Noise in streets

A possible loophole in the noise control provisions of the Control of Pollution Act 1974 is suggested by a recent decision of the Divisional Court.

In Tower Hamlets London Borough Council v Manzoni (The Times, 28 May 1983), protestors against a market selling live animals had demonstrated in the street using amplified loud-hailers. The resulting noise was judged by the local authority to amount to a nuisance.

The 1974 Act provides some express controls over the use of loudspeakers in streets, but these are limited in application and would not have covered the noise in question

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