It is absolutely essential that the Government makes a cast iron guarantee that the duties of local authorities to respond to the needs of citizens suffering distress from irresponsible noise, e.g. under the Environmental Protection Act 1990, the Anti-social Behaviour Act 2003 and the Noise Act 1995, are maintained. NAS has been extremely concerned at rumours that statutory nuisance itself may have been under threat. This was not ‘Red Tape’, but the expression of an age-old inalienable right of citizens, and a core component in the balancing of freedoms and responsibilities in a fair society.
DCMS Deregulation of Schedule One of the Licensing Act 2003
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