East Lothian Council takes legal action after noise complaints

East Lothian Council has taken legal action against two of its tenants following a number of noise complaints.

An Antisocial Behaviour Order (ASBO) has been granted against Vivienne Stewart of Stoneybank Gardens South, Musselburgh following an application to Edinburgh Sheriff Court by the council.

East Lothian Council takes legal action after noise complaints

The court was presented with details of the alleged antisocial behaviour of Ms Stewart, which included, shouting and swearing, excessive noise and reports of late night disturbances.

The terms of the ASBO prohibit Ms Stewart from behaving in a way that causes, or is likely to cause, alarm or distress to others, which includes playing a radio, TV or other sound producing device at antisocial levels.

The Order also prohibits Ms Stewart from shouting, swearing or using threatening, intimidating, aggressive or abusive language or behaviour within her home address, or towards residents or visitors in Stoneybank Gardens South, Musselburgh.

Meanwhile an interim ASBO was issued at Edinburgh Sheriff Court against Scott Bennion (49) of Riverside Drive, Haddington prohibiting him from shouting, swearing using aggressive, abusive or intimidating language or behaviour within his property at Riverside Drive or permitting or encouraging visitors to do the same such as to cause alarm or distress to other residents of, or visitors to, Riverside Drive, Haddington.

In addition, Mr Bennion is prohibited from playing a radio, hi-fi or any other sound producing devices at levels within his property at Riverside Drive which may cause alarm or distress to neighbouring residents or visitors. The Interim ASBO also prohibits Mr Bennion from having more than two visitors to his property at any one time, except for those there in the course of their employment.

A council spokesperson said: “The council’s Safer Communities team worked closely with Police Scotland in gathering the appropriate evidence to present to court. Mr Bennion’s behaviour, and that of visitors to his property, has had a serious adverse effect on residents of Riverside Drive which has affected their ability to enjoy a quiet and peaceful home life.” 

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