204. Defences.

204.     Defences.

In any proceedings for an offence relating to contravention or failure to comply with an abatement notice1 in respect of certain statutory nuisances2, it is a defence to prove that the best practicable means3 were used to prevent, or to counteract the effects of, the nuisance4.

In any proceedings for an offence in respect of noise nuisances5, where the offence consists in contravening certain requirements6, it is a defence to prove that the alleged offence was covered by a notice served or a consent given under the Control of Pollution Act 19747.

It is no defence for