Reader's Letter:Jodrell Bank Festival - unacceptable noise levels

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It would be good to hear the views of local residents following most of the neighbourhood being kept awake most of the weekend and the peace being broken by the continued thudding of the bass coming from the concert/festival at Jodrell Bank.

Whilst in principal I am not against such events there seems to be total disregard to the neighbourhood and residents stretching miles from these events who have to endure this noise into the wee small hours - why any event needs to puimp load music out till 1am well into Monday morning and disturb people throughout a Sunday evening is beyond comprehension - no regard to families with small children, elderley people or the infirm is
given whatsoever.

How can the Councils justify giving licences to such events at Jodrell Bank and Capesthorne Hall without realising the noise levels which we are forced to endure which must be unlawful?

Reader's Letter


Here's what readers have had to say so far. Why not add your thoughts below.

Matthew Kerfoot
Monday 23rd July 2018 at 4:06 pm
I cannot accept that these events need to generate such a volume. Apart from being thoroughly thoughtless to local, and not so local, residents (and pets/livestock/wildlife) they surely cannot be safe for the hearing of those attending.

It is ridiculous that, even through closed windows, I can hear every word of the lyrics of music events at Capesthorne Hall when I live in Henbury.

It’s not even as if we only have to put up with the noise whilst one band played for a couple of hours. This goes on from Friday until the small hours of Monday morning!

By all means host these events but have some thought for those impacted - turn the volume down and finish at an acceptable hour.
James MacDonald
Monday 23rd July 2018 at 8:44 pm
It was a great event. I've had bigger issues with neighbours playing loud music and launching fireworks in the small hours. The police don't care about noise issues and they typically occur at a weekend when the council do not provide any support. You either have to put up with it or get into a fight.
Tony Haluradivth
Monday 23rd July 2018 at 9:27 pm
Yes it was noisy this year I just assumed it was wind conditions as I did not notice it last year. What is really noticeable and obnoxious is the moped fitted with a racing pipe and no muffler which does the rounds in Alderley Edge at the moment. I think he is a young lad and his parents need to inform him of the law. Modifying a bike like this will incur the wrath of Cheshire Constabulory and a £60 fine as there are decibel limits but it could also void his insurance and cost him his licence and the bike. I hope he and his family see this before he gets into trouble ....
Steve Savage
Tuesday 24th July 2018 at 11:26 am
Some people need to get a grip....whatever next...banning loud fireworks on Bonfire night?? Far more important matters to be concerned about than a great local event that happens annually and is enjoyed by thousands.
Adrian Scott
Tuesday 24th July 2018 at 5:45 pm
Those who are responsible and caring organisers do two things: They operate an electronic decibel limiter which will cut the sound if levels break the limit. They also operate a time limit so that their disturbance is curtailed at a civilised time. Those who do not will continue to incur the wrath of locals until action is taken by Environmental Representatives of Cheshire East Council. Unfortunately the council we speak about seems to have no interests in the views of it's populous, only preserving their outrageous pay packets / golden goodbyes !!!
Tam Byrne
Tuesday 24th July 2018 at 7:00 pm
Looked like a good event! I would be pretty unhappy if I was at a live music event that stopped earlier than 1am. It’s not like it was in a built up area or happens very often. Like Steve said......get a grip and next year go and visit family when it’s on if it disturbs you that much.
Tony Haluradivth
Tuesday 24th July 2018 at 7:52 pm
Banning loud fireworks being let off on the Edge 2 weeks before Bonfire Night would be a result IMHO ;) Though I have naught' against well organised and well planned events and I believe that the Jodrell Bank Festival is well attended and advertised way in advance and is a one weekend in the year event. Distubance noise is an issue in general which does seem to get worse as Alderley gets a wee bit bigger. Burglar alarms which go off at the drop of a hat and those that do not cut out after the statutory 30 mins. Someone on Devonshire Drive has an Industrial alarm (known in the business as "The Howler") must be lively for the neighbours. And as I am writing this there is a builder on Heyes Lane working late with his circular saw in the garden and there goes that moped again. Why can't we put a bit of thought and consideration for our neighbours. I like the German and Swiss bylaws which prohibit the use of tools and machinery (over a certain decibel level) on a Sunday. Silence really is golden sometimes.
Paul Johnson
Tuesday 24th July 2018 at 9:18 pm
I have sympathy for both sides of this argument.

As a publican and ex nightclub manager I have in the past been frustrated with people who move next to a venue and then complain about it.

I have just moved from a cottage behind Capesthorne Hall and have had many disturbed night's sleep during loud wedding receptions, festivals and fireworks displays. However, I realise these places need to host such events to make ends meet to keep our heritage in tact.

Perhaps if the council granting the licence were more leanient on timings on Saturday night and tougher on Sunday night. And the organisers chilled everything down later on then the residents would be less unhappy.

Or in the case of Rewind invite everyone because no one complains about a party they are attending.
Tony Haluradivth
Wednesday 25th July 2018 at 12:45 pm
@Paul that seems like a nice idea an invite might unruffle a few feathers and I agree with you about Sundays.
Alec Finney
Wednesday 25th July 2018 at 4:30 pm
Dear Steve Savage. It's you that needs to get a grip. Noise is the most invasive source of pollution around at the moment. You can make as much noise as you want - as long it does not disturb me. The source of the noise - throughout the weekend - is about 5 miles away form me and the continual 'thump, thump' is an invasion of my privacy - my ability to sleep and the follow on tiredness the next day.

Just control the noise. Enjoy it in your environment - but don't include me.

Alec Finney
Jon Williams
Wednesday 25th July 2018 at 4:58 pm
Well said Alec, also people hear base or "thump, thump" sound louder if you have got imperfect hearing and it's not something you should have to put up with.
Steve Savage
Friday 27th July 2018 at 11:29 am you drive a car, fly away on holiday?....dearie me a little "thump thump" should be the least of your worries.
Alec Finney
Saturday 28th July 2018 at 1:47 pm
Once again Steve you miss the point. I get annoyed when you (and a few thousand others) decide it's OK to disturb my peace (and a few thousand others) continuously for three nights in a row.

Do you realize how selfish that is?

Have fun, make noise - but don't include me.
Glenn Hudson
Wednesday 15th August 2018 at 8:58 pm
Some irony here in that a few locals believe their rights take precedence over the rights of the thousands of people who attended this once a year event. We attended on both the Saturday and Sunday and the attendees were more akin to a geography teachers convention that the rave depicted in some of these posts. The event was highly educational with a heavy science and environmental focus (the clue is in the name). We met the CHESHIRE Bee Keepers association, the Macclesfield Astronomy club and listened to lectures on Quantum Physics from Jim Alkalili and Richard Dawkins. It was the sort of event in the shadow of Jodrell Bank that should happen up and down the UK as we try and enthuse our young people (and older people) with the wonders of science. As Carl Sagan used to say, Science is a way of life not a subject. So some grumps lost some sleep over two consecutive nights. Why not go next year. If you’re going to be kept awake you might as well make the most of it?