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Rooster row heading to the courts

By Colin Francis

A row over raucous roosters that has rocked relations in a rural community looks set to see feathers fly in court.

The crowing birds are at the centre of a noise dispute between two neighbours at Lisnamurrican near Broughshane in Co Antrim.

Last night, Ballymena Borough Council voted unanimously to take the owners of the roosters to court after they failed to conform to a Noise Abatement Notice.

Tracy Gordon (40) lives at Rathkeel Road in a house adjoining properties where the Dowds family live. A hobby of some of the Dowds is showing fowl, with cockerels and hens kept in a coop at the back of the houses.

Ms Gordon has said the roosters are too noisy and start crowing as early as 3.30am at some times of the year, depriving her and her family of sleep.

She has also claimed she is forced to wear earplugs in bed to block out the sound.

Ms Gordon complained to Ballymena Borough Council, and after logs were kept and recordings made of the sound of the roosters, officers brought forward the Noise Abatement Notice.

During a one-hour monitoring period by the council, 206 crows were noted with crowing being heard during 46 out of the 60 minutes.

The other party in the dispute, Sandra Dowds (51), does not believe that the roosters are very loud and has said she will move home with her family rather than get rid of the birds.

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