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Maidstone's Oktoberfest gets Bearsted residents in a froth

Tuesday 14th November 2017

AN explanation has been requested from Maidstone Council after Bearsted residents learned the loud music they were exposed to during the Oktoberfest event at Mote Park DID exceed sound limits.

A Freedom of Information request for details of how much the noise on October 13 exceeded that allowed on the license issued by MBC has been sent in by Geoffrey Taylor, who lives in Aviemore Gardens.

He says, even with double glazed windows closed, music from the two-day Bavarian bash on the Friday night left Bearsted residents with few options other than to turn up their TVs in a bid to drown out the noise.

He said: “Had the speakers been facing into town there would have been a huge number of complaints, instead it was decided to point them in the direction of least resistance, in other words, along the valley where less people live.”

He is also unhappy there was no complaint line, and that his call was directed to an out-of-hours’ environmental health line in Sheffield.

Mr Taylor said: “If MBC is going to attract festivals and issue entertainment licences for outdoor events at public parks, it simply can’t leave organisers to manage themselves; it’s like parents going away for the weekend and telling their children they can have a party, as long as they don’t upset the neighbours!”