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Noise now not set to be an issue at festival

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: August 01, 2014

By Rob Smyth

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DETAILS of plans to combat noise at this year's Strawberry Fields Festival have been announced.

The event, which takes place from August 8 to 10 at Cattows Farm, near Coalville, will have some changes this year due to complaints from nearby residents.

Following some people being affected by noise from the event in 2013, the council changed the licence conditions relating to noise controls and set up a forum for residents and parish councils of all the surrounding villages.

Building on the success of last year, the residents' forum has met three times in 2014, where residents and the event organiser have discussed plans for this year's event.

Just as in previous years, all the relevant agencies have been invited to a series of meetings with the event organiser to develop and agree an event management plan.

All involved agreed the following to further reduce the likelihood of residents being disturbed by unreasonable noise levels:

The event organiser has appointed a professional noise specialist;

The noise specialist will be monitoring noise levels at four pre-determined locations as per the licence conditions and agreed with the residents;

The organisers will make changes to amplification equipment to reduce noise loss from the site; and

There will be only one dance tent (reduced from two).

Alison Smith , North West Leicestershire District Council's deputy leader, said: "Festivals like Strawberry Fields bring a lot of people into the district to have a great time, whatever the weather.

"Of course, as with any outdoor event, there will be noise and some disruption from the festival. We want to keep that disruption for the site's neighbours to a minimum while making sure everyone attending has a good time.

"I hope everyone affected appreciates how seriously we are working with the organisers and local people to create a successful event.

"We will attend a test on Thursday, August 7 when sound levels will be agreed with the organisers – all local parish councils and resident members of the forum have been invited too. We'll monitor noise levels during the event."

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