As I mentioned in my previous post, I have recently become a patron of the Music Venue Trust. They’ve emailed me today to say that they too have initiated a petition, this time directed at the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, calling for a review of noise complaints legislation. As you will see from their email, this has in part been inspired by the potential threat to the Fleece.
It’s got some way to go before it gets as many signatures as the Fleece petition, which was at 36,000 the last time I looked, so I’d encourage you all to sign up to this one too. Here’s their email:
“I am writing to you to let you know that in response to a swathe of threats to small music venues from noise complaints, the Music Venue Trust has today launched a petition asking the Secretary of State for the Environment to carry out a review of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 and Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005 that relate to Noise and the serving of Noise Abatement notices. The petition is online here:
Within our campaign, we have sought to highlight the responsibilities of venues to be well managed and act with their local communities, respecting the rights of their neighbours. We feel that it is apparent from the recent experiences of the Blind Tiger in Brighton, the Night and Day in Manchester and now the potential threat to the Fleece in Bristol that some entirely sensible policies to protect those individual rights are, unfortunately, open to abuse for commercial gain by individuals and developers; in all three cases, a venue with a very good record and with no complaints has been subject to a complaint or potential complaint from a new occupier or developer. We think the existing Acts should be reviewed to see if there is any potential to add a “pre-existing usage and standard customs and practice” amendment.”