A NEIGHBOUR has complained about the noise from a keen gardener’s ride-on lawnmower.
Malcolm Starr, 73, is under investigation after locals said his ride-on mower made too much noise in their picturesque village of Holme Next-The-Sea in Norfolk.
The council has launched a probe and want to visit Mr Starr to monitor the noise levels when he cuts his grass.
Mr Starr, who’s lived in his home for ten years, told the Eastern Daily Press: “I feel like I’ve been grassed up by the lawnmower nimbies.”
He said the only time he’d cut the lawn recently was “on a Sunday a couple of weeks back” and called the complaint “a very poor show”.
Officials told Mr Starr he was under investigation for a possible breach of the Environmental Protection Act 1990.
Officers are now expected to visit to decide whether the mower’s noise is “unreasonable” or may “substantially interfere” with neighbours.
Ride-on mowers typically produce noise levels of around 90 decibels.
Any noise exceeding 70 decibels is usually considered disturbing.
Locals have also complained about the storage of fencing and pallets on the land next to his home, according to the council.
Mr Starr claimed the fencing and pallets are there because of building work on his house.
A spokesman for West Norfolk Council said: “When the council receives complaints about noise or planning enforcement matters it has a legal duty to investigate and cannot comment on these while they are ongoing.”
It comes after a nightmare neighbour was caught on CCTV trashing next-door’s trees.
And another revealed their neighbour calls the police every time they use their back garden.
Another made their nightmare neighbour’s homeless after they got fed up of their hoarding.