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8th April 2017

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Builders working for former Take That star Robbie Williams have been fined £3,000 for disturbing legeandary Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page, who is Williams' next door neighbour. Apparently the builders took apart a shed on a Sunday.

Jimmy, 73, has been locked in a bitter feud with Williams, 43, since he moved into the £17million West London property which is Grade I listed. Williams has been extensively renovating his Grade II listed home in Holland Park but he has faced stiff opposition from Jimmy, who objected to the work and complained about the potential effect on his home.

At Westminster magistrates court on Friday, CC Construction Ltd, who have been carrying out the work at Williams' home, were fined £3,000 for breaking strict noise limits.

Prosecutor Kirsty Panton told the Evening Standard:

"They were taking down a shed, using power tools, when they had been told not to."

Jimmy lodged a complaint on September 11th 2016 when he heard sawing and drilling from his mansion next door. This was after planning permission had been granted by Kensington and Chelsea Council who restricted working hours and warned that any work on a Sunday should not be audible to neighbours.

Jeremy Asher, representing the construction firm, said:

"The idea was to take the structure to the garage area and it was going to be taken apart and put on a lorry on Monday when loud works are permitted.

"Unfortunately some of the builders in question decided to start dismantling it, getting saws and electric drills out."

The Wimbledon-based construction firm asked for a caution over the breach but the council rejected this and insisted on a court hearing.

Ms Panton told the court she was "surprised" the requested caution had not been accepted because there had been no further complaints.

After submitting many glowing references for the construction firm to District Judge John Zani, including one from another neighbour who had no complaints about the building work, Mr Asher added:

"The company gives regular updates to neighbours in the neighbourhood about building work which is ongoing.

"It is a big piece of construction on a private house in a very prominent location in that area."

Fining the company £3000 and ordering them to pay £1500 in costs and a £170 victim surcharge, Judge Zani said:

"This is a company that has operated for twenty years, there are a number of impressive references, and it's an area where I'm sure it is subject to close scrutiny by the local authority, neighbours, and people who have an interest in what was going on.

"This was clearly more than an irritant."

In a statement issued after the sentencing, CC Construction said it has "enjoyed good relations with neighbours during the thirteen month project and ensured that they received regular updates on the works.

"CC Construction also sought to mitigate any potential noise issues by using some of the quietest equipment available, including an especially quiet electricity generator which was housed in an acoustically timber clad unit.

"Other mitigating steps included using tools designed to minimise vibration and sound, which were replaced on a regular basis to ensure optimum performance.

"We accept that on this single occasion we fell short of our usually high standards and for that we apologise."

Rumours circulating last week that Led Zeppelin were to reform to play this year's Desert Trip festival in Indio, California, appear to be completely without fondation.

A cryptic post on Robert Plant's official website featuring a blackened page with only the white words "Any time now..." saw speculation run wild but the post was more likely in reference to the singer's forthcoming solo album.


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