Magistrates throw out appeal over South Parade Pier noise

DECISION South Parade Pier.   Picture: Paul Jacobs (122364-17)
DECISION South Parade Pier. Picture: Paul Jacobs (122364-17)
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THE owners of South Parade Pier have been ordered to pay £246 in court costs for causing a noise nuisance.

An abatement notice was served on May 15 this year to the firm which runs the pier – South Parade Pier Limited – following a disturbance at the landmark.

The company appealed against the order and a hearing was set at Portsmouth Magistrates’ Court.

But the hearing was adjourned after the pier’s premises supervisor wrote to say he could not make the date.

A second hearing was set but again no representatives from the pier attended.

Prosecutor Victoria Putnam said Portsmouth City Council’s legal department had told the owners that either a company director or a company secretary had to attend the hearing.

‘This is its second hearing with no appearance from the appellant,’ she said. ‘Therefore we would ask that the appeal be dismissed.’

The magistrates agreed to dismiss the appeal against the noise abatement order.

On May 5 police were called to the pier after a boxing match descended into a 50-man brawl.

Officers also recently attended to deal with a disturbance after the attempted eviction of the arcade leaseholders by the owners.