Published: 07 June 2017 by Graeme Cushion
Although it has taken its time to arrive and done its best to avoid weekends, the weather does generally seem to be on the up. This should be good news for licensed premises especially those with external areas as part of the offer. It is, however, important to realise that increased use of external spaces brings with it a heightened risk of noise complaints. Equally, warmer weather increases the likelihood that local residents will have their windows open during the evening and even at night when they are trying to sleep. This combination of factors means that the issue of noise needs to be carefully managed over the coming months.
It would therefore be prudent to consider the following:
Should you receive complaints nonetheless then it is imperative to act quickly to resolve them in an effort to avoid a potential Review or service of a Noise Abatement Notice. Either of these eventualities will be time consuming, expensive and with a potential for long term damage to the business. If either eventuality should arise despite your best efforts then consider the following:
Noise problems are often difficult to solve from a technical perspective as well as being governed by complex and unwieldy legislation. Efforts made to avoid them arising in the first place are therefore well worth it.
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