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Source: City of Southampton

Following an investigation carried out by Southampton City Council’s environmental health team, The Dolphin pub in Portswood has been successfully prosecuted for noise offences. The case returned to the Magistrates’ Court on 7 November 2019 for sentencing, where The Dolphin was fined a total of £5,280.

Councillor Jacqui Rayment, Cabinet Member for Place and Transport and Deputy Leader at Southampton City Council, said:

“The successful prosecution against The Dolphin pub demonstrates our commitment to ensuring our licenced premises do not cause unreasonable disturbances to neighbouring residents. We will continue to do all we can to protect residents from noise nuisances.”

Southampton City Council’s environmental health service works with businesses to ensure that noise from events at licenced premises is adequately controlled. If noise continues to disturb residents, the council can take enforcement action.

The prosecution comes after the council’s environmental health service started to receive complaints about noise from live bands performing on a stage in the garden of The Dolphin in June 2018. Advice was given to the licensee, however the noise complaints continued to be received through the summer of 2018 and into April 2019.

In response to an all-day event featuring DJs performing on the stage in the garden on June 2019, the licensee was then served with a noise abatement notice. However, the council continued to receive complaints about noise and the environmental health service was satisfied that on four occasions in July and August 2019, the licensee had failed to comply with the requirements of the abatement notice by arranging for live bands to perform on the stage in the garden.

The licensee appeared at West Hampshire Magistrates’ Court and pleaded guilty to four counts of failing to comply with the requirements of the noise abatement on 17 October 2019. The case then returned to the Magistrates’ Court on 7 November 2019, for sentencing, where The Dolphin was ordered to pay a fine of £5,280. This included £800 for each of the three offences (reduced from £1,200 for their guilty plea), a victim surcharge of £80 and costs of £2,000.

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