statutory nuisance
Under Part III of the Environmental Protection Act 1990, district councils and London Borough Councils are under a duty to inspect their areas for statutory nuisances and investigate complaints. If the authority considers a nuisance likely to occur or recur, it must serve an abatement notice on the person responsible for the nuisance. Failure to comply with the notice or demonstrate a reasonable excuse or use the best practicable means to deal with the nuisance can result in fines of up to ₤20,000.

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