New legislation could make it easier to complain about noisy neighbours

 

New legislation could make it easier to complain about noisy neighbours

New legislation being proposed could change the complaints process for people who deal with noisy neighbours.

Fianna Fáil TD for Dublin Mid-West, John Curran, wants to protect the identity of a complainant.

At present, people have to lodge complaints with the Residential Tenancies Board (RTB) if their neighbours are renters.

However they have to provide their own name, which Mr Curran has said is making people fearful to raise issues.

He had called on Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy to amend existing legislation to allow for complaints of a neighbours anti-social behaviour to be lodged to the RTB by a third party.

Deputy Curran raised the issue in Dáil last week.

He said: “Existing legislation regarding residential disputes linked to anti-social behaviour states that only a person who is directly and adversely affected by such behaviour can lodge a complaint to the Residential Tenancies Board.

“What’s more, their identity as the complainant will be made known.

“That makes an already perverse situation even more difficult to manage or contain particularly for those that are genuinely afraid to submit a complaint in the first place.
“We cannot operate a system for complaints on the basis that all neighbours are considerate of other residents, obliging or pleasant”.

He said he has dealt with “a number of serious cases” on behalf of constituents who have been “too fearful” to make a complaint, knowing that they will be identifiable.

“Yet they are all too aware that in the absence of a complaint, nothing can be done to address the ongoing anti-social behaviour.”

He has asked that Minister Murphy consider amending this element of the bill, so that a person other than the individual affected can make it on his or her behalf.

“The fear of backlash or being targeted for reporting their neighbour’s disruptive behaviour is deterring tenants from trying to rectify the situation because often times it’s safer to try endure the hassle caused.

“By amending legislation to allow for a third party to make the complaint on their behalf, it acts as a kind of middle ground”, he added.

Source: Newstalk

Owners pulled plug after noise complaint

Owners pulled plug after noise complaint

Caroline Davenport, left, and Elaine Gibson, right, and many other customers protest against the decision
Caroline Davenport, left, and Elaine Gibson, right, and many other customers protest against the decision

Hundreds of people are backing a bid to return live music to a Cockermouth pub.

The Fletcher Christian on Main Street has had no live entertainment for the last two weekends.
The pub’s owner, Craft Union Pub Company, decided to suspend such events after a complaint was made to Allerdale council about excessive noise.

The pub has been forced to cancel its planned entertainment, including bands scheduled to play over Easter weekend, while the company works to resolve the issue.

Regulars Caroline Davenport and Elaine Gibson were so concerned that they set up a petition calling for the return of live entertainment to the popular venue.

The petition, which was launched last week, has attracted more than 1,000 signatures and, Caroline said, has been backed but almost all the businesses on Main Street.

Caroline, who worked in the pub trade before retiring, said: “It’s an absolute travesty. This has been a music venue for a long time.

“It’s the only real place in town that does rock and blues and it’s got a huge following. It’s been like that for 20 years that I know of.”

Ahead of Easter, pub staff took to Facebook asking people to support the venue despite its problems, and people flocked to make it a good weekend.

Caroline, who worked in the pub trade for years, said: “People rallied round and it was absolutely fantastic. It was a bouncing weekend.

“That’s not sustainable though. Without the live music they’re not going to make enough revenue to stay open.

“We just hope the company takes notice and reinstates it as soon as possible. I don’t think they realise what it’s doing to the pub.

“If Fletcher’s was to close you might as well close Cockermouth, it’s that important.”

Elaine added: “We need it back. The town’s dying and we need something to bring life back into it.”

Leena Barua, another regular, said: “There aren’t many good venues for music left in Cockermouth now.”

An Allerdale council spokesman said: “Some concerns have been raised regarding the establishment meeting the conditions of the licence, so the licence holder has taken the decision to cease any live music until the issue is resolved.

“Our environmental health officers will work with The Fletcher Christian to ensure these conditions are met.”

A spokesman for Craft Union Pub Company said: “Following discussions with the local council, we took the decision to cease live entertainment at The Fletcher Christian pub for the foreseeable future.

“We are aware of the petition to reinstate live music at the venue and would like to reassure customers that we remain in contact with the council and hope to resolve the matter as soon as possible.”

Source: News & Star