Cricket club banned from playing live music

Trowbridge Cricket Club has been stumped after it was banned by Wiltshire Council from playing live music at its pavilion.

It had the right to host live and recorded amplified music removed from its premises licence during a Western Area Licensing Sub Committee meeting held in Monkton Park, Chippenham.

The meeting was called after Tracy Gates, of Downhayes Road, complained to the council that the music playing from the club at evening functions was too loud. The meeting heard the club had held music events where equipment hadn’t been plugged into a traffic light limiter device, which monitors decibels levels, installed as a condition of its licence.

“My children and I are often disturbed, woken or prevented from going to sleep by the sound of the music coming from the cricket pavilion,” said Mrs Gates, who had recording equipment installed in her home by the council.

“We have even contemplated moving house and uprooting our family to avoid the continuing problem. My partner is so unhappy he wants to do this, but I don’t feel we should have to.”

During the proceedings, Colin Poplett, vice president of Trowbridge Cricket Club, said the club had surveyed around 50 surrounding houses, in Downhayes Road, Lower Court, Islington and Seymour Road, and had not received any complaints about loud music.

“We asked them if they did or did not agree with us playing music. Not one of them complained and they are nearer than the complainant,” he said. “For one family to say we are not having it is unacceptable.”

After the decision has been confirmed in writing, Trowbridge Cricket Club will have 21 days to appeal.

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4:07pm Sun 3 Feb 13

Mrs Donnyfly says...

It would seem the wishes of the one outweighs the wishes of the many.
It would seem the wishes of the one outweighs the wishes of the many. Mrs Donnyfly

1:51am Mon 4 Feb 13

moonrakin wurzel says...

Astounding that the complainant is named.

The club has been having evening events for erm... how long?

How long has Ms. Gates been there?

I recall a man buying a house next door to The Old Bear in Staverton and then complaining regularly to the council about the sound of car doors closing at 11:15 pm....

Who exactly is being protected from what here?

I could throw the obvious insults at Tracey, but the responses of the neighbors speak volumes for what she's about. Why do the council persist in indulging squeaking wheels?
Astounding that the complainant is named. The club has been having evening events for erm... how long? How long has Ms. Gates been there? I recall a man buying a house next door to The Old Bear in Staverton and then complaining regularly to the council about the sound of car doors closing at 11:15 pm.... Who exactly is being protected from what here? I could throw the obvious insults at Tracey, but the responses of the neighbors speak volumes for what she's about. Why do the council persist in indulging squeaking wheels? moonrakin wurzel

11:43am Mon 4 Feb 13

beetawix says...

Peculiar decision I must say.
I have no connection with the club, but have to say I wonder why this raises its head at the same time as another issue is under discussion about rented land reported recently by WT.
Peculiar decision I must say. I have no connection with the club, but have to say I wonder why this raises its head at the same time as another issue is under discussion about rented land reported recently by WT. beetawix

6:35pm Mon 4 Feb 13

Christof99 says...

I think it's an absolute joke, over 50 people spoken to regards 'noise'.

With only one complaint, it seems stupid and pathetic that the council would go to such lengths at the disposal of a club that is a centre of the community.

Mrs Gates and her family need to get a grip in my eyes.
Am sure the events help keep the club running, without it the youth cricketers won't have anywhere to play.
May I suggest mob mentality and setup a wicket outside Mrs Gates house.
Give her something to really complain about.
I wouldn't put it past me to say she is a stuck up moody mare that complains about everything going.
The Trowbridge Cricket Club has been there for x amount of years. I assume she hasn't been there as long.

How come Mrs Gates is worse off with the noise compared to the immediate neighbours?
Am glad she has been named and shamed in this article, over this pathetic complaint.
I think it's an absolute joke, over 50 people spoken to regards 'noise'. With only one complaint, it seems stupid and pathetic that the council would go to such lengths at the disposal of a club that is a centre of the community. Mrs Gates and her family need to get a grip in my eyes. Am sure the events help keep the club running, without it the youth cricketers won't have anywhere to play. May I suggest mob mentality and setup a wicket outside Mrs Gates house. Give her something to really complain about. I wouldn't put it past me to say she is a stuck up moody mare that complains about everything going. The Trowbridge Cricket Club has been there for x amount of years. I assume she hasn't been there as long. How come Mrs Gates is worse off with the noise compared to the immediate neighbours? Am glad she has been named and shamed in this article, over this pathetic complaint. Christof99

3:23pm Tue 5 Feb 13

1984 says...

it simply is n,t cricket!
it simply is n,t cricket! 1984

6:37am Wed 6 Feb 13

notscot says...

They lost because they didn't used a piece of limiting equipment that their licence stated that they must use. Their mistake HELPED the one complainant to win her case.
But I do wonder about people. The ONE complaint from Sadlers Mead - insisting that the now defunct bi-annual music show wasn't to her taste and should be stopped. One weekend in 2 years?!!
The constant complaints about noise made by children in a park that houses overlook. A park that was there when or before the houses were built.
The complaints re noise/light pollution caused by the ind. est. that was operating for 10 years prior to the arrival of the housing est..
The complaints re noise pollution from the weekend residents of the coastal fishing village - the noise of the sailors, vehicles, fishing boats and gulls was unacceptable.
Some daft people out there.
They lost because they didn't used a piece of limiting equipment that their licence stated that they must use. Their mistake HELPED the one complainant to win her case. But I do wonder about people. The ONE complaint from Sadlers Mead - insisting that the now defunct bi-annual music show wasn't to her taste and should be stopped. One weekend in 2 years?!! The constant complaints about noise made by children in a park that houses overlook. A park that was there when or before the houses were built. The complaints re noise/light pollution caused by the ind. est. that was operating for 10 years prior to the arrival of the housing est.. The complaints re noise pollution from the weekend residents of the coastal fishing village - the noise of the sailors, vehicles, fishing boats and gulls was unacceptable. Some daft people out there. notscot

10:08pm Wed 6 Feb 13

randoff says...

This person is a joke, it wasnt her in the first place it was her husband mr aldhman who works for the council, and who is very good friends with enviroment officer, funny that funny how its all come about as they are trying to take the other field away . I thought this kind off corruption only happened in the third world, it seems i was wrong, its happening on my own door step. All my children play cricket at this club and without their music licence to keep them going through out the year, they will struggle. Or is this their objective. Its such a shame that a many good course will miss out now, like bath cancer unit, who last year raised over 1,100 pound at our club with a band and bbq shame on you Mr oldham and Mrs gates, one thing to say to you shut your windows and, get a life. And shame on wiltshire council its obivous that they have a vendetta against the club cus we drink up there to surport the club and when they did have the music the council turned up every time because off these people. how can they let this club shut and put all the cricketers senior and junior out of a place to play
This person is a joke, it wasnt her in the first place it was her husband mr aldhman who works for the council, and who is very good friends with enviroment officer, funny that funny how its all come about as they are trying to take the other field away . I thought this kind off corruption only happened in the third world, it seems i was wrong, its happening on my own door step. All my children play cricket at this club and without their music licence to keep them going through out the year, they will struggle. Or is this their objective. Its such a shame that a many good course will miss out now, like bath cancer unit, who last year raised over 1,100 pound at our club with a band and bbq shame on you Mr oldham and Mrs gates, one thing to say to you shut your windows and, get a life. And shame on wiltshire council its obivous that they have a vendetta against the club cus we drink up there to surport the club and when they did have the music the council turned up every time because off these people. how can they let this club shut and put all the cricketers senior and junior out of a place to play randoff

11:19am Thu 7 Feb 13

Dummer_Frauenfahrer says...

I reckon that Trowbridge Cricket Club should be making a formal complaint to the Local Government Ombudsman in relation to this, for all the facts to be independently examined. They were certainly in the wrong for removing the noise restrictor but to put in place a total ban after just one complaint is totally disproportianate. There is more to this case than is being publicly revealed..
I reckon that Trowbridge Cricket Club should be making a formal complaint to the Local Government Ombudsman in relation to this, for all the facts to be independently examined. They were certainly in the wrong for removing the noise restrictor but to put in place a total ban after just one complaint is totally disproportianate. There is more to this case than is being publicly revealed.. Dummer_Frauenfahrer

11:53am Thu 7 Feb 13

merulius says...

How loud? How often? How late?

Wiltshire Times at its finest - leaving out the really important facts.

Every night until midnight, it's a problem. Saturday night until 23:00, it's not a problem.

A bit more data please!
How loud? How often? How late? Wiltshire Times at its finest - leaving out the really important facts. Every night until midnight, it's a problem. Saturday night until 23:00, it's not a problem. A bit more data please! merulius

6:15pm Thu 7 Feb 13

sonnycher says...

sonny.cher its not what u know its who u know my mum lives a cricket balls throw away from the club and has never ever ever ever had a problem with the music has this woman ever had a evening out at the club when music is on come a long have a good time sorry forgot u got the licence taken away
sonny.cher its not what u know its who u know my mum lives a cricket balls throw away from the club and has never ever ever ever had a problem with the music has this woman ever had a evening out at the club when music is on come a long have a good time sorry forgot u got the licence taken away sonnycher

7:29pm Fri 8 Feb 13

thegashead says...

As someone who lives on the same road as the complainant, I am persistently bewildered to these complaints, as I am no more than 25 meters further away than the family, yet still have never heard any noise from the club, in my 16 years on the road.
It certainly is not surprising that Mrs Gates' partner is a member of Wiltshire Council and a close friend of the people in charge of dealing with these complaints. Originally this complaint was in his name, they have now changed it, possibly to try and attempt to make this complaint and its process appear more legitimate? When you realize that this complaint has been dealt with very differently to other complaints against music from pubs, such as in the Dursley Arms, your mind does start to wonder...
I would also like to point out that Mrs Gates sleeps with her window open regularly, rendering the complaint moot as she has not taken sufficient steps to quell the noise on her end.
The Cricket Club has been very helpful in trying to solve this problem, not only sending out letters about the noise but also hosting several council members to monitor the noise, and not having anything to report on.
Very sad that such an integral part of the community may have to close, because of one persons comment
As someone who lives on the same road as the complainant, I am persistently bewildered to these complaints, as I am no more than 25 meters further away than the family, yet still have never heard any noise from the club, in my 16 years on the road. It certainly is not surprising that Mrs Gates' partner is a member of Wiltshire Council and a close friend of the people in charge of dealing with these complaints. Originally this complaint was in his name, they have now changed it, possibly to try and attempt to make this complaint and its process appear more legitimate? When you realize that this complaint has been dealt with very differently to other complaints against music from pubs, such as in the Dursley Arms, your mind does start to wonder... I would also like to point out that Mrs Gates sleeps with her window open regularly, rendering the complaint moot as she has not taken sufficient steps to quell the noise on her end. The Cricket Club has been very helpful in trying to solve this problem, not only sending out letters about the noise but also hosting several council members to monitor the noise, and not having anything to report on. Very sad that such an integral part of the community may have to close, because of one persons comment thegashead

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