The UK Government has responded to a widespread protest at claims it plans to force live music venues to install noise limiting devices as part of the requirements for a live music license, saying it has no intention to implement such plans.
A petition calling on government to abandon the purported plan for noise limiters has so far achieved 86,493 signatures, who say, “We the undersigned petition the Prime Minister to NOT introduce sound control devices as a legal requirement in entertainment venues!”
“It has been brought to attention that the government wish to consider it a legal requirement in the new tax year to introduce laws insisting anyone applying or re-applying for an entertainment license must have a noise control device fitted to the venue,” the petition claimed, adding, “This will be the final NAIL for ALL entertainment in the UK as the level at which these devices CUT you off is dreadfully low and damaging.”
In its response, Number 10 advised:
“We are pleased to tell you that there is no truth in claims that the Government is planning to introduce a requirement for entertainment venues to fit noise control devices.
“Each Local Authority Licensing Authority considers every live music application on its merits, and decisions are made entirely by them. However, the Licensing Act 2003 does not allow mandatory conditions for live music to be imposed across the board. It would not be possible to impose such a condition without a change in the law and such a change is not, and never has been, on the Government’s agenda.
“There is also no legal requirement under health and safety legislation for entertainment venues to have noise control devices fitted, nor is there any proposal.
“The Government is acutely aware of the contribution that music makes to our culture and we remain committed to a vibrant and flourishing creative sector, of which live music plays an essential part.”
Our thoughts? We’d advise live music fans to become watchful, further we suspect it may be worthwhile for more active music-loving UK citizens to involve themselves in monitoring local authority licensing meetings, particularly so far as live music licenses are concerned.