Anti-noise team called to Hainault councillor’s home

Antisocial behaviour officers issued a Conservative councillor with a noise abatement notice after neighbours complained about music from his flat.

The news comes as police and Redbridge Council officials were due to meet today (Thurs) near Cllr David Poole’s council flat in Bearing Way, Hainault, to discuss the blight of antisocial behaviour in the area.

Neighbours of Cllr Poole called the police after midnight when the music from his ground floor flat became unbearable. They were referred to the council’s noise team.

When officers arrived, the volume was reduced but just an hour later it was “back up thumping like a nightclub”.

On the second visit, officers knocked at Cllr Poole’s door and shouted through the letterbox.

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But although the music was turned down nobody came to the door and the notice was served.

Cllr Poole, a council tenant for 18 years, stood down from the board of Redbridge Homes earlier this year, and now sits on the housing scrutiny committee.

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He previously said he will use his “experience as a council tenant” to help the living experience of other tenants.

Under the noise abatement notice, if he plays loud music again he could be liable to a year in prison or a �5,000 fine. Last year Redbridge Council issued only 77 such notices.

Today’s meeting at Hainault Forest Community Centre, Manford Way, will discuss “nuisance neighbours” and “excessively amplified music”.

According to the council’s code of conduct, all members should “promote and support principles by leadership, and by example, and should act in a way that secures public confidence”.

But Conservative council leader Cllr Keith Prince said the noise complaint was a “personal matter”, adding: “It is not for me to comment.”

A council spokesman said: “Redbridge Council’s anti-social behaviour team visited a property in Bearing Way on Sunday, August 28 and a noise abatement notice was served on the occupant.

“The council investigates complaints about noise, and takes action where necessary.”

Despite repeated attempts by the Recorder to contact him, Cllr Poole was unavailable for comment.

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