Complaints over theatre gig noise

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Scarborough Council is awaiting the results of a sound investigation into noise levels at Olly Murs’ Open Air Theatre show.

The authority is set to hold a behind closed doors meeting to discuss the findings, and to see if it breached any of its self-imposed licensing regulations.

It comes after the council received a pair of complaints from residents over the noise at the show last Thursday at the flagship North Bay venue.

There were reports that noise from the show could be heard as far away as Scalby, and several people took to Twitter to vent their anger over the volume.

Coincidentally, the sell-out gig was held on the same day as a public enquiry at Town Hall, in which council representatives told the enquiry that noise coming from Scarborough Rugby Club’s tannoy could make life “unbearable” for neighbouring residents.

Andy Skelton, Scarborough Borough Council’s Director of Service Delivery, defended the authority, saying that the council monitored the noise all events at the theatre.

He added: “We have received two noise-related complaints following the event at Scarborough Open Air Theatre on Thursday 6 June.

“Every event at the theatre where amplified music is played is monitored to check that the level of noise is within the limits prescribed in the terms of the premises licence.

“We are currently awaiting the results of the monitoring from last week’s event and these will be discussed at an internal meeting later this week between our licensing officer, the event organiser, the event organiser’s independent noise consultant and the Designated Premises Supervisor.”

Public events licensed by Scarborough Council, including Open Air Theatre shows, must follow a stringent set of guidelines to gain and maintain their licence.

This includes having a manned telephone in place throughout the event, with a pre-advertised number to enable complainants to report any noise disturbance from the venue.

The council says the number, 01723 818111, has been advertised on promotional literature and the Open Air Theatre website, and that it satisfies the licensing condition.

The next show at the venue is The Wanted tomorrow.