Ken’s Diner told to keep the noise down

Ken's Diner owner Mark Thompson
Ken's Diner owner Mark Thompson

An American diner in Finedon has been issued with a noise abatement order by a local council, leaving the owner furious.

The owner of Ken’s Diner, Mark Thompson, said he recently received a letter from Wellingborough Council informing him that he was being issued with a noise abatement order.

Mr Thompson said he is considering his options and may now consider moving the business, which is based off the A6, away from the village.

He said: “I think there is a vendetta against us by the council.

“I don’t think there’s any grounds for complaint against us.

“There’s a car wash at the front which is noisy and we are on one of the busiest roads in the county.

“We also close at 9pm and we don’t serve alcohol.

“If this does not stop then I will think about moving the business to where it’s appreciated, and that will mean the loss of 12 jobs.”

Mr Thompson said he was also considering his legal options. He has also started an online petition against the noise abatement order.

A spokesman for Wellingborough Council said: “We first received complaints of noise nuisance from the premises in July 2012, with the problems being mainly from excessive revving of vehicle engines and loud music. We then spent time with the owners to work informally on a solution. We asked them to carry out sensible precautions and manage their customers to prevent excessive noise.

“As this has not resolved the problem our officers investigated the complaint and gathered evidence, as we would in any similar case, before serving a noise abatement notice last week.

“The notice requires them formally to take steps to ensure they do not cause a noise nuisance to their neighbours. If this is complied with, and the problem is resolved, no further action would be taken.”

Noise abatement orders

If a council decides someone is causing a statutory noise nuisance they must issue a noise abatement order.

This tells the person what they must do to stop making a noise nuisance or else face further legal action.

If someone breaks an abatement order about noise from their home, they can be fined up to £5,000.

If it is noise from a factory or business, the penalty can be up to £20,000.