Noise of Wild Life Festival was ‘too much’ group says

Wild Life Festival saw some 70,000 people flock to enjoy the two-day music concert   PHOTO: Eddie Mitchell
Wild Life Festival saw some 70,000 people flock to enjoy the two-day music concert PHOTO: Eddie Mitchell
  • Almost a quarter of people felt the noise of the Wild Life Festival was unacceptable, survey shows
  • Campaigners to use study’s findings in a bid to appeal against festival’s licencing conditions
  • A total of 70,000 flocked to the music event last month, at Shoreham Airport

ALMOST a quarter of residents questioned in Shoreham said the noise of last month’s Wild Life Festival was unacceptably loud, a new survey has revealed this week.

Members of the Shoreham Society have quizzed well over 100 residents living within 2,000m of the festival venue, at Shoreham Airport, to gauge their views of the two-day event.

Almost one-in-four people said it was too loud

Gerard Rosenberg, chairman of the Shoreham Society

And a sizeable number – some 24 per cent of the 142 respondents – said the noise levels being blasted from the music concert were unacceptable.

Chairman of the Shoreham Society, Gerard Rosenberg, said the results were significant and added they would be used to lodge an appeal with Adur District Council over future licensing terms between the authority and festival organisers, SJM.

“Almost one-in-four people said it was too loud,” he said. “That’s really quite a lot of people if you extrapolated that to the 20,000 people living in Shoreham. You’d be looking at 4,000 people who felt it was unacceptable.”

This being said, the results did show that more than half (56 per cent) were not bothered by the noise, while 13 per cent said they couldn’t even hear the festivities.

While a third of people (66 per cent) felt that Shoreham Airport was a suitable venue for large music festivals.

A spokesman for Wild Life said: “It’s good to see that the results of the survey are slanted more in favour of the festival. Social media has been very positive about the event also.”

The study also revealed that almost two thirds of people did not want to see the number of revellers flocking to future festival increase from this year’s 35,000 a day, compared to 36 per cent who were in favour of a boost.

Mr Rosenberg felt an increase could jeopardise the safety of visitors and overstretch the police.

“Safety is a big issue,” he added. “There were kids drunk, walking along the A27 on the Saturday night because they were waiting four hours for a bus.”

The information from the survey will form part of the society’s efforts to alter the licensing terms for future Wild Life events.

Mr Rosenberg wants Adur District Council to lower the maximum decibel limit at the site from 75, which he says is inappropriate, to just 65. “The classification really should have been 65 decibels,” he added. “This would have made a huge difference in the levels of noise from the festival.”