Society’s bid for reduced sound at music festival

W24C wild life festival in Shoreham on June 6/7 SUS-150906-135532001
W24C wild life festival in Shoreham on June 6/7 SUS-150906-135532001

RESIDENTS are urging music festival organisers to reduce sound levels before the next big event in Shoreham.

Wild Life Festival’s licence conditions are to be reviewed by Adur Council after action group, Shoreham Society, suggested the wrong sound limits were used.

On June 6 and 7 this summer, 70,000 music lovers descended onto Shoreham Airport for the first Wild Life Festival, organised by popular bands Rudimental and Disclosure.

Following the event, the society urged councillors to review the terms of the festival licence and reduce the sound limits after a survey indicated that one in four residents within 2km of the airport found the noise levels unacceptable.

Society chairman Gerard Rosenberg said: “A lot people, including many Shoreham Society members, enjoyed the festival and felt it was a great success, but because so many residents over a wide area experienced serious noise disturbance it clearly makes sense to look again at the permitted levels.

“A key factor is the maximum level of sounds reaching residential areas outside the festival.

“We have discovered that the 75 decibel limit imposed for Wild Life this year is higher than the level recommended by the Noise Council, the official national body set up by environmental health officers.

“In its evidence to the licensing committee, the society quotes Noise Council guidelines which recommend a 65 decibel sound limit for sites like Shoreham Airport which are not classified as urban stadia or arenas.”

The society also refers to the high number of people in the survey who said they do not want the attendance numbers at Wild Life to grow beyond this year’s limits.

Mr Rosenberg said: “We raise these matters because we want any future festivals to be enjoyable for those attending but without disturbing significant numbers of local residents.

“We are sure the councillors will want to seek a reasonable balance.”

Adur Council is inviting public comment before the licence review meeting is held.

Views should be sent by October 2 to the licensing office, email licensing.unit@adur-worthing.gov.uk

A summary of the Shoreham Society’s evidence to the licensing committee can be viewed on the website www.shorehamsociety.org.uk

The next Wild Life Festival is due June 11 and 12, 2016. No acts have been announced yet.

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