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City council to investigate noise problems at Boomtown Fair
12:03pm Tuesday 13th August 2013 in News
ORGANISERS of a Hampshire music festival could be penalised over noise problems.
Winchester City Council is investigating breaches of noise conditions at the Boomtown Fair, which took place near the city from August 8 to 11.
While the council only received eight complaints from the public there are concerns over low level frequency sounds caused by bass.
Rob Heathcock, council assistant director for high quality environment, said the council would decide whether to prosecute next week.
He said: “There are concerns about noise levels that we are having a look at. We are analysing that and should know by next week if there are any breaches. Because of the A31 we do pick up traffic noise so we have to eliminate that to make sure our figures are absolutely correct.”
The council increased its onsite presence this year with noise monitoring teams in operation each night and checking noise levels at a number of locations, including complainant’s properties.
Meanwhile complaints were also made about noise continuing past the 4am cut-off point on Saturday (Aug 10).
Mr Heathcock said noise carried on for "a matter of minutes" and was caused by onsite traders but was quickly stopped by the organisers.
He said: "They seized equipment from some traders so they stopped it immediately. Everybody was instructed to stop at 4am but it's a big site and it's difficult to get round 40 or 50 traders quickly."
Cllr Rob Humby, the deputy council leader, added: “Overall we are pleased that the Boomtown Festival was well managed, and delighted it was enjoyed by so many. However, if there has been a breach of the licence conditions it must be dealt with to ensure the interests of our local communities are protected.”
Police are also investigating traffic management after lengthy delays on nearby roads on Monday as people left the site.
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