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Residents' fury over events noise
8:38am Thursday 25th October 2012 in News
INVESTIGATIONS are being made into disruption caused by the use of a Wolverley farm for motorcycle and music events.
Landowner Louis Strong said the events at Court Farm were being monitored professionally and he was working with the district council.
The recent MAD festival prompted more than 30 complaints to the parish council as well as another 30 to police over band music being played later than the temporary event notice allowed.
Simon Wilkes, spokesman for Worcestershire Regulatory Services (WRS), said: “In relation to the MAD Festival, we are continuing to gather statements from complainants. We will assess them to see if there is sufficient evidence to warrant interviewing the organisers in relation to any potential breach.”
Martin Bannister, who lives near the farm, said: “The problems we are having is mainly that the sound reverberates around the house. It is just impossible to enjoy being outside.”
Motocross events, held throughout the year, are also causing concern for residents.
Another local resident, Robert Teague, said: “As it stands, the land owner has the opportunity to host dozens of motocross events a year.
“Anybody who feels that it is wrong should complain to the authorities. The question is what can they do to reduce and prevent it?”
Court Farm, originally a cattle farm and then used as a quarry, began to hold events after it became impossible to use the land for farming due to arson attacks on grass and hay.
Mr Strong said: “The one music festival was an experiment and it was out of my control.
“The motorcycle events were considered to be a community project to stop kids being on public property.We’re doing it by the book.
“At the end of the day we’re not directly on top of anybody’s land and it’s not every weekend.”
Mr Wilkes added: “In relation to the other activities on the farm, the WRS has an obligation to look into all matters that might constitute a statutory nuisance under the Environmental Protection Act 1990.
“If an officer believes a statutory nuisance is taking place they can serve an abatement notice.
“However, we would take some steps first to work with the event organiser to limit the impact.
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