Noise nuisance

Fundamental principles of the common law action of nuisance have recently been confirmed by the Scottish Court of Session in a decision which clearly shows the powerful nature of the remedy.

Webster v The Lord Advocate and Others (judgment of Lord Stott, 24 June) concerned the annual Edinburgh Military Tattoo. Miss Webster, who occupied a flat adjacent to the Castle Esplanade where the Tattoo was held, complained of the noise on three counts: the erection of spectator stands over a period of six weeks prior to the Tattoo, the rehearsals for the Tattoo, and the performances themselves.

The court held that the strength and

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