Sandy Balls Holiday Village operator withdraws appeal against noise abatement notice over leaf-clearing work
A NEW Forest holiday park has ceased its challenge against a noise abatement notice issued by New Forest District Council after complaints about the sound of leaf clearing work at the site.
An appeal against the order imposed on Away Resorts Ltd, which runs Sandy Balls near Fordingbridge, was due to have been heard at Southampton Magistrates’ Court in May.
The firm’s lawyers had argued the notice should be dropped on the grounds that it was not justified by section 80 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990.
But it has now agreed to the notice, in which NFDC had cited “statutory nuisance” involving grounds maintenance equipment. It is set to work with the council to adjust its leaf blowing practice to an acceptable method.
The case was formally withdrawn during a recent hearing held before the city’s Bench.
A spokesperson for Away Resorts told the A&T: “In conjunction and agreement with NFDC we have agreed to work together and consolidate a way forward such that any noise is controlled and minimalised in this particular area of the park.”
As previously reported, the matter had dated back to a complaint made to NFDC in October 2021 about the noise made by leaf clearing.
When it was seeking to challenge the abatement notice, Away Resorts maintained it had not changed the way it cleared leaves at Sandy Balls for “a number of years”.
The firm explained it understood its obligations to collaborate with its neighbours and the local environmental health practitioner over a noise management plan suitable for all.
An NFDC spokesperson said: “Away Resorts have given NFDC a formal undertaking to abate the noise nuisance and based on this, the noise abatement notice was withdrawn by the council.
“Further work is to be carried out by Away Resorts on an operating protocol specific to the use of mechanical leaf blowers which will need to be approved by NFDC.”