Taking me to court was ‘a waste of taxpayers’ money,’ says landowner found guilty in noisy chicken row

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LANDOWNER Helen Rogers has argued that taking her to court over noisy chickens was a waste of taxpayers’ money.

Rogers, 57, from Chichester, was found guilty of breaching an order to keep the noise down from her cockerels and was given an 18-month conditional discharge on Monday after Portsmouth Magistrates’ Court found she breached the noise abatement notice three times.

Helen Rogers was found guilty of breaching an order to keep the noise down from her cockerels

Helen Rogers was found guilty of breaching an order to keep the noise down from her cockerels

The case was launched by Winchester City Council after two neighbours said the ‘excessive crowing and calling’ from three cockerels and six ducks at St Peter’s Farm, Hambledon, was keeping them awake at night.

Chairman of the bench Paul Wilkinson ordered Rogers to pay £1,000 in court costs.

Rogers said: ‘I think it’s a waste of taxpayers’ money, to take me to court, and cost thousands of pounds, a waste of people’s days, to take a person to court for a chicken.’