Green light for Norfolk and Norwich Festival Spiegeltent

Champagne Charlie and Miss Anna lead the latin dancing during the Norfolk and Norwich Festival's tea

Champagne Charlie and Miss Anna lead the latin dancing during the Norfolk and Norwich Festival's tea dance at the Spiegeltent in Chapelfield Gardens.Photo: Denise BradleyCopy: Mary hamiltonFor: EDP/EN©Archant Photographic 201001603 772434 - Credit: ©Archant Photographic 2010

The Norfolk and Norwich Festival's Spiegeltent has been given the go ahead for an extended run in Chapelfield Gardens, on the day that the festival announces its 2014 line-up.

Festival bosses applied for a licence for music, live performances and sale of alcohol until 1am between Monday and Thursday, 2am on Friday and Saturday and midnight on Sunday in the Spiegeltent in Chapelfield Gardens.

People living nearby claimed that they would not be able to get their children to sleep, get up for work or relax in their homes throughout the duration of the festival, which runs from May 14 to 25.

During a meeting on February 26, members of Norwich City Council's licensing committee heard from Mark Denbigh, head of production at the festival, who offered to more regularly monitor the noise levels by taking hourly readings.

The notice of determination stated: 'Noting the temporary nature of this event and the noise controls, councillors did not think that unreasonable nuisance from amplified music or use of the public address system would occur.'


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Several conditions were put in place, including that festival-goers must not take open, alcoholic drinks off site and that plastic vessels must be used instead of glass.

To ease noise disruption, glass bottles are not allowed to be placed in recycling bins between the hours of 9pm and 8am the following day and door staff must encourage festival-goers to leave quietly.

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The Spiegeltent will also be given a maximum noise limit which will be set and notified in writing to the applicant by the environmental health department of the council.

In reaching their decision, members of the council gave weight to the fact that there were no objections from responsible authorities, particularly from Norfolk Constabulary.

The notice added: 'Taking into account these noise mitigation measures and the efforts expected to be taken by those managing this event to encourage persons to leave quietly, the councillors were of the view that there was insufficient reason to refuse the application as sought under any of the licensing objectives.'

The full line-up of this year's festival will be released at midday today. Check back on this website for full details.

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