June 27, 2008

Chickens Can Keep on Clucking

Cockerels living on West Cornwall land have been allowed to continue doing what they do best.

Penwith District Council has dropped its investigation into a complaint that poultry owned by Jeff and Pam Trevaskis at Connor Downs, near Hayle, were too noisy.

Mr and Mrs Trevaskis, who have kept chickens for 30 years, thanked local media for highlighting the case.

They said: "We are pleased to say a representative from Penwith visited us to inform us that no further action would be taken and that the case had been closed. We are really delighted with this outcome and hope we can now all live in harmony, enjoying the appropriate sights and sounds of the countryside."

A Penwith spokesman explained that all local authority environmental health departments are legally obliged to investigate allegations of noise nuisance.

Rebecca Kirk, Penwith's acting chief environmental health officer, said: "Two environmental protection officers visited the premises to determine if there were sufficient grounds for complaint. Having visited, both officers were satisfied that the matter would not be investigated any further as they did not feel it was a noise nuisance.

"After their visit, officers received several letters and e- mails from local residents all stating that they were not bothered by the noise from the cockerels. By this stage a decision had already been taken to close the case."

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