Jane Seymour wins first round in court case with neighbours

November 15th, 2007 - 6:05 pm ICT by admin  

London , Nov 15(ANI): Former Bond Girl Jane Seymour has won the first round of the court battle with her neighbours over late night parties and corporate functions at her country home.

The 56-year-old actress has been sued for hosting large corporate bashes and clogging up the single track parking lane near the mansion with lorries and vans.

Seymour who was branded as a “neighbour from hell” by one of the neighbours had successfully applied for a 24-hour alcohol and entertainment licence at her St Catherine’s Court home, near Bath .

Her neighbours then took her to court stating that the increase of traffic in the area constituted a public nuisance and a breach of the licence.

They asked for a series of restrictions to be imposed on the licence, including an annual limit of 12 events a year, a ban on fireworks and notification when events were due to take place.

It was victory for Seymour however, as the court rejected the appeal and gave its verdict as the restrictions were not covered by the Licensing Act and were “illegal and unpractical”.

The verdict given by Graham Gover, representing St Catherine’s Court said that Seymours used the house as a private residence for some of the year, and were perfectly entitled to hold their own parties there.

He also stressed the couple could rent out the house as a private dwelling - and those parties could enjoy the same freedoms, without any legal need for a licence.

The court on the other hand accepted that licence was only needed when alcohol was sold on the premises, and even during wedding receptions, the drinks were often free at the bar - which again bypassed the need for one. (ANI)

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