Human Rights legislation has not been a fruitful area for householders seeking relief against nuisance, but a
Reading man was able to use it to obtain compensation from his local council. The Council had approved a road works scheme which greatly increased the noise at the man’s house, preventing him from sleeping. In consequence, he added shutters to his windows and secondary double glazing. He asked the Council to pay for the alterations.
When the Council refused to pay, he took them to court arguing that the intolerable noise levels interfered with his right to respect for his private life and home under the Human Rights Act. Although his rights had to be balanced with those of the local community, the Court agreed that he had suffered particular loss because of the road works. He was awarded £2000 in compensation.