Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Cockerel's Wakeup Call Lands Owners in Court; NEIGHBOUR'S COMPLAINT ABOUT CROWING COSTS TAXPAYERS THOUSANDS

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Cockerel's Wakeup Call Lands Owners in Court; NEIGHBOUR'S COMPLAINT ABOUT CROWING COSTS TAXPAYERS THOUSANDS

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Byline: ROB MCNEIL

AN EXTRAORDINARY row over a cockerel has broken out in an area of north London.

The early morning crowing of Parsley has landed his owners, Michael and Heather Keeble, in court after he kept waking up their neighbours.

Now the Keebles have been ordered to lock the cockerel up at night so he does not disturb anyone, after a court case costing thousands of pounds.

The trouble started when neighbours complained about the bird owned by the Keebles, based at their farm in Botany Bay, a small village in greenbelt land just outside Enfield.

The couple, who for the last 12 years have kept free-range chickens, shire horses, peacocks, sheep, ducks, geese and a donkey without any incident, first heard there was trouble when Enfield council contacted them to say there had been complaints.

Their next-door neighbour Robert Pegg, a former tenant of the farm, had complained about a cockerel keeping him awake.

Mr Keeble, 45, said: "We thought it was a bit odd, because if you live next to a farm you have to expect to hear farm noises, and we understand that Mr Pegg kept chickens and cockerels at the farm when he lived here.

"But we decided to work with the council and we had a number of meetings with their noise abatement officers and other officials, who advised us on how to keep things quiet."

The couple, along with the council officers, first tried to establish which of the farm's five cockerels was behind the noise pollution - it was decided that Parsley was the offending fowl - and then looked at various ways to keep the volume down.

But after various measures failed to shut Parsley up, the Keebles-were told they were being prosecuted for failing to comply with noise abatement orders. …

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