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Cookley residents driven mad by noise
8:45am Thursday 4th October 2012 in News
A BARRAGE of complaints has been made by Cookley residents about the level of noise coming from a festival site in Wolverley over the weekend.
People living in Cookley and Wolverley claim to have been kept awake during the night by “a barrage of high-volume band music”
coming from the MAD (Music Art Dance) Festival held in the Court Farm field.
The festival was given a temporary event notice, suitable for smallscale, one-off events which enabled organisers to provide entertainment until 11.30pm.
License holder Lesley Mountford said: “Bands were finished by 11pm on Friday and 11.30pm on Saturday.
A licensing officer came to check and he was happy with everything on both nights.”
A spokeswoman for Wolverley and Cookley Parish Council said: “The residents of Wolverley and the surrounding area were subjected to a barrage of high volume band music throughout Friday night and Saturday night, resulting in numerous complaints.
“Despite this, no action was taken to ensure the organisers adhered to the terms of the licence.”
The Court Farm field is used for events throughout the year and the parish council says it will be meeting with police and licensing authorities to discuss the future use of the venue.
“There was no noise over the allowed decibels,” added Mrs Mountford. “We would like to apologise for any inconvenience that may have been caused and thank everyone who came for a great festival.”
Labour councillor for Cookley Christopher Nicholls claimed he received 20 to 30 complaints on Sunday from people who were kept awake by the noise.
West Mercia Police also confirmed that it received about 30 complaints from residents concerned about noise disturbance and that Worcestershire Regulatory Services (WRS) had been made aware of the complaints.
A meeting was due to be held yesterday by West Mercia Police District Inspector Paul Crowley with council partners to discuss the issues arising including licensing.
Niall McMenamin, a spokesman for WRS, said: “It is an offence to operate outside the licensable activities detailed in the temporary event notice. We take all licensing breaches seriously and will be taking formal action if the event organisers are found to have breached the conditions of their notice.
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