left angry over late night noise at Berrow music festival
of a four-day music and sports festival taking place in Berrow
this weekend have promised to reduce sound levels after complaints
from angry villagers over late night noise.
of people are attending the 'Skullduggery By The Sea' family festival
in fields off Berrow's Red Road.
Sedgemoor District Council and Burnham Police received complaints
on Friday from several residents and holidaymakers regarding late
night noise and the council served the organisers with a Statutory
Notice prohibiting them from causing a noise nuisance.
by a group called Easton Cowboys & Cowgirls, the event features
live music and a programme of sports. The festival began on Thursday
and runs until Monday.
District Council Corporate Relations Manager Claire Faun confirmed
to Burnham-On-Sea.com on Friday: "There is an event taking
place in Berrow that has generated a number of complaints of noise
from music, obstruction of the roads and unauthorised camping."
event is a weekend tournament for football, cricket and netball
on the Parish Council Playing Fields. There is camping in nearby
fields and a marquee for drinks and entertainment."
added: "A Temporary Event Notice was served in March to cover
the alcohol, entertainment and late night refreshment elements
of the event. The camping is permitted and no approval or licence
is required. The sporting events do not require a licence."
receipt of the complaints, we visited the site and spoke to the
organisers. The organisers have given assurances that they will
patrol the area and reduce sound levels when and if necessary,
re-arrange the running order of the bands to have the noisier
ones on first, adjust the sound levels to go quieter as the evening
progresses, aiming to be inaudible off site by 11pm."
council has served the organisers with a Statutory Notice prohibiting
them from causing a noise nuisance.
Roger Tolley from Burnham Police added: "We are aware of
an event happening this weekend that has occurred over many years
difference this year is that there is live music. As a result
of us being made aware of the problems caused last night by members
of the community, police officers and the licensing officer from
Sedgemoor District Council visited the site in order to discuss
the noise that occurred."
organisers are aware of their obligations to those people living
and holidaying nearby and have been advised regarding the need
to reduce the disruption and distress they may have caused. Officers
will attend the event over the weekend in order to ensure that
unnecessary disruption is not caused."