Croxfest noise levels to be monitored 'every 30 minutes' after public nuisance complaint

Croxfest noise levels to be monitored 'every 30 minutes' after public nuisance complaint

Croxfest noise levels to be monitored 'every 30 minutes' after public nuisance complaint

First published in News Watford Observer: Photograph of the Author by , Senior Reporter

Noise levels at this year’s Croxfest will be monitored every 30 minutes in order to address concerns that the event causes a public nuisance.

Last week, Three Rivers District Council’s licensing committee considered an application to have the volume turned down on the popular festival after a complaint was lodged about the "noise pollution" residents have to endure once a year.

Nearby resident, Michael Beattie, lodged an application with the district council to have the volume turned down on the festival.

Committee members had five working days to consider the application.

Politicians set three conditions for Croxfest 2014. 

Members of the public attending the event, as well as those associated with the event such as staff, should be monitored and counted by an effective system for the duration of the event.  These figures should be submitted annually to the licensing authority.

Organisers were told they had to adhere to the site plan.

Also, the noise levels at the boundaries of the premises licence have to be monitored at all points every 30 minutes throughout the duration of the event. 

These noise levels should be submitted to the licensing authority within 14 days after the event and action will be taken by Croxley Green Society to reduce the noise level if the sound is in excess of the level permitted at the Mr Beattie’s residential boundary.

The festival will take place on The Green on Saturday.

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2:10pm Thu 4 Sep 14

Lauracroxley says...

I'd like to make a complaint about Michael beattie the party pooper.... its once a year.
I'd like to make a complaint about Michael beattie the party pooper.... its once a year. Lauracroxley
  • Score: 36

3:28pm Thu 4 Sep 14

The Rover says...

Its a few hours once a year. Some people just cannot stand people having fun. It probably makes less noise than roadworks outside his house would.
Its a few hours once a year. Some people just cannot stand people having fun. It probably makes less noise than roadworks outside his house would. The Rover
  • Score: 16

4:03pm Thu 4 Sep 14

cgpc Rob says...

Its not being banned, TRDC have requested effective monitoring of sound, numbers and that the site plan is adhered to.

Hope its a success on Saturday and all enjoy.
Its not being banned, TRDC have requested effective monitoring of sound, numbers and that the site plan is adhered to. Hope its a success on Saturday and all enjoy. cgpc Rob
  • Score: 3

10:32am Fri 5 Sep 14

garston tony says...

I agree, its once a year and very mean spirited to complain about it
I agree, its once a year and very mean spirited to complain about it garston tony
  • Score: 9

3:13pm Fri 5 Sep 14

Claire Todd says...

There are lots of great events on the green each year including two funfairs that play loud music until 10pm.

This event finishes at 8pm and is really family focused.
He could always go out for the day if this really bothered him. or stop being a boring git and join in.
There are lots of great events on the green each year including two funfairs that play loud music until 10pm. This event finishes at 8pm and is really family focused. He could always go out for the day if this really bothered him. or stop being a boring git and join in. Claire Todd
  • Score: 10

6:40pm Fri 5 Sep 14

cgpc Rob says...

The issue appears to be from Mr Beattie is that he can hear what he describes as nuisance noise continuously for eight hours,

He appears not to hear any noise from the other events held on the green.
The issue appears to be from Mr Beattie is that he can hear what he describes as nuisance noise continuously for eight hours, He appears not to hear any noise from the other events held on the green. cgpc Rob
  • Score: 5

9:58pm Fri 5 Sep 14

CroxleyShellGarage says...

Michael Beattie needs to get a life the old goat. Once a year!!!!!
Michael Beattie needs to get a life the old goat. Once a year!!!!! CroxleyShellGarage
  • Score: 4

2:38am Sat 6 Sep 14

Spaffle says...

He reminds me of the lady who called the Police because she could see naked males swimming in the Watford Grammar School outdoor pool, which they had then. When we (I was in the Police then) arrived we could not see the problem as the pool was so far away. "Oh!", she said, "You have to use the binoculars to see them". Needless to say, no further action was taken except giving the youngsters some advice.

Michael you want to try to remember what it was like when you were young. Get out there, join in and you may find it the best tonic of all!
He reminds me of the lady who called the Police because she could see naked males swimming in the Watford Grammar School outdoor pool, which they had then. When we (I was in the Police then) arrived we could not see the problem as the pool was so far away. "Oh!", she said, "You have to use the binoculars to see them". Needless to say, no further action was taken except giving the youngsters some advice. Michael you want to try to remember what it was like when you were young. Get out there, join in and you may find it the best tonic of all! Spaffle
  • Score: 8

1:28pm Sat 6 Sep 14

Joyce by any other name says...

In the 70s, we had the same thing from Harrow Council when a small annual festival brought music loving families together in a park. The council placed a black box with an orange light bulb on top on the edge of the stage and when the noise level went over their acceptable level, the light went on and the music stopped. Annoyingly, the music cut out several times until Andy Reece, a gentle giant of 6'7" tore the box from the stage and jumped on it several times. Needlesstosay, the standing ovation he received was deafening. I'm heading for Croxfest, so see you there folks. God bless Andy - he will be there in spirit.
In the 70s, we had the same thing from Harrow Council when a small annual festival brought music loving families together in a park. The council placed a black box with an orange light bulb on top on the edge of the stage and when the noise level went over their acceptable level, the light went on and the music stopped. Annoyingly, the music cut out several times until Andy Reece, a gentle giant of 6'7" tore the box from the stage and jumped on it several times. Needlesstosay, the standing ovation he received was deafening. I'm heading for Croxfest, so see you there folks. God bless Andy - he will be there in spirit. Joyce by any other name
  • Score: 0

3:27pm Sat 6 Sep 14

cgpc Rob says...

TRDC have to consider what action to take if a complaint is lodged, all of the posters slagging Mr Beattie off, will not change that.

Noise affects people in different ways, as for allowing it to be at any level irrespective, will never work.

That's why acceptable levels are enforced by local authorities.
TRDC have to consider what action to take if a complaint is lodged, all of the posters slagging Mr Beattie off, will not change that. Noise affects people in different ways, as for allowing it to be at any level irrespective, will never work. That's why acceptable levels are enforced by local authorities. cgpc Rob
  • Score: -1
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