Walton-le-Dale woman fined for ‘unbearable’ dog barking

Posted on - 29th August, 2023 - 10:06am | Author - | Posted in - Crime, Politics, Preston News, South Ribble News, Walton-le-Dale
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A woman has been fined after ‘unbearable’ dog barking was coming from her property in Walton-le-Dale.

South Ribble Borough Council prosecuted Rachael Whitaker after she breached an abatement notice calling for her to improve the situation.

Ms Whitaker, 47, pleaded guilty to all ten charges relating to breaching the notice between February and March this year.

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Lancaster Magistrates’ Court fined her £2,000 and ordered her to pay costs of £1,000 and a victim surcharge of £800.

She was first visited at the property in Higher Walton Road, Walton-le-Dale, in January 2022 following council officers undertaking noise monitoring after complaints from neighbours in nearby properties.

An abatement notice was first served in February last year.

According to the borough council this did little to resolve the issues and Ms Whitaker did not take on advice and suggestions from the council’s dog warden who visited the property.

In August last year a prosecution for 16 breaches of the abatement notice was brought and also again in February when Ms Whitaker was fined £660 and ordered to pay costs and a victim surcharge.

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Councillor Matthew Tomlinson, South Ribble Borough Council Cabinet Member (Finance and Public Protection) said: “Residents should be able to live without being severely impacted by ongoing unrelenting noise nuisance.

“In this case we continued to pursue action against the person responsible, as previous attempts to resolve the issues did not result in improvement.

“This successful prosecution serves as a reminder of the need to show consideration to neighbours and that we will not hesitate to take action against those who negatively impact the lives of others.”

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