HEALTH & SAFETY
Live events sector
The Music Venue Trust has launched a petition calling on the UK’s Secretary Of State for the Environment Owen Paterson to “carry out an urgent review of noise abatement legislation”, after concerns that long-standing gig venues could face closure because of a small number of noise complaints. The move comes as two venues, Night & Day in Manchester and The Blind Tiger in Brighton (right) have recently run into problems after their respective local councils received complaints from local residents about noise. In both cases it has been alleged that the complaints have come from people who have relatively recently moved into properties near the venues. And then complain. The current laws prompted a lengthy spat between the Ministry of Sound and developers Oakmayne who now have permission to build 335 apartments and 65 affordable homes on the Eileen House site in Newington Causeway near the Ministry of Sound. The nightclub in Elephant and Castle had protested against the building as they feared noise complaints could force the venue to closure and after intervention of Mayor Boris Johnson the developer agreed to alter the block to protect residents from loud music.