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Noise unbearable for festival's neighbours

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: January 18, 2013

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NOISE from music festivals at a Newquay campsite has become so unbearable that one neighbouring family has bought a motorhome to escape on event weekends.

Cornwall Council's licensing and environmental health teams have now received so many complaints about Trevelgue Holiday Park that they have demanded its licence be reviewed.

Park bosses are obliged to ensure minimal noise reaches nearby homes, monitoring sound levels and keeping doors and windows closed at its onsite venues.

But a council report reveals that dozens of people complained about sleep deprivation during events last year, and includes testimonies from at least ten of them. Members of the council's Licensing Act sub-committee could choose to amend conditions on Trevelgue's premises licence – or revoke it completely – at a crunch meeting on Monday.

The park, on Trevelgue Road, Porth, has hosted the Run to the Sun festival for 15 years but last year added at least four new events to its line-up, including the Bang Face and Hardcore Till I Die festivals.

Disgruntled neighbours say they often have to endure thumping drum and bass music until 4am on event weekends and have accused park bosses of showing a lack of respect to them.

One wrote: "Events in 2012 have caused my family and I so much disruption and distress that we've purchased a motorhome and plan our weekends so we are not at home during the events."

Another neighbour added: "During the Bang Face festival the bass vibrations were felt throughout the cottage, with the windows closed, and when trying to sleep I could feel the vibrations in my chest."

Mike Finnegan, operations director at Trevelgue, said it would be "inappropriate" to comment ahead of the review hearing. He added: "We are working closely with the officers to agree the wording of a condition or conditions that are workable and satisfactory for all concerned."

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