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Winchester sports event given green light to host live music
10:52am Tuesday 13th August 2013 in Winchester
WINCHESTER licensing chiefs have given the green light for a major sports event to have musical entertainment.
The British Motocross Grand Prix will be held on the Matterley Estate on August 22-25 and is expected to attract up to 5,000 people.
On Monday the city council licensing committee approved a revised application from SD Events for recorded music between 7pm and 11pm on Friday and Saturday.
The original application, which attracted objections from two nearby residents, had requested both live and recorded between music the hours of 8am to 11pm, from Thursday to Saturday.
But at the meeting on Monday (August 12), the committee chairman, Cllr Malcolm Wright, raised concerns about the safety of children wandering onto a “dance floor” of up to 5,000 people, but organiser Steve Dixon assured him that stewards would be Security Industry Authority-approved.
Concerns were also raised about noise levels, but Chris Malcolmson, acting as an agent for SD Events, said: “It’s a very simple job for us – if the noise gets to a certain level, we turn it down.”
He added that sound levels would be monitored at Cheriton, Alresford and Tichborne.
The event comes only two weeks after the Boomtown music festival which in 2012 attracted more than 70 complaints about noise pollution.
There two original objections came from FJ Barker, of Windermere Gardens, Alresford, and Michael Beer, of Cheriton, who lives about a mile from the site, and who said the four days of Boomtown and the four for motocross would mean eight days of loud music.
Neither Mr Beer nor Mr Barker attended the meeting at the Guildhall, but Cllr Wright said their initial objections had been considered.
Cllr Wright said: “The sub-committee has granted the application because they have reduced the hours and days of the recorded music and because they will be monitoring the noise in the surrounding areas.”
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