Cornwall Council, Black Leaves of Envy and finding a solution.

There has been a massive amount media on the issue of a young up and coming band practicing their music in their garage. I have been tagged into many comments asking what I can do – hence this blog. The local Cornwall Councillor, John Keeling has from this offered funding so the band can use the community centre in Praa Sands. Speaking with John this morning, he is talking to the residents about this.

I want, as does the Council, and all concerned, wants to enable young people to follow their interests, whatever that maybe. And we all need to work together to find a solution on this.

Cornwall Council has issued a further statement on this subject, clarifying the position. I hope this will dispel the myths. I have been asked to publicise this statement.

The Council’s Community Protection team is currently investigating the complaint and we are working with everyone involved to offer advice and try and find a solution. The law regarding statutory noise nuisance is based on what is reasonable and it may be that certain activities such as the regular playing of loud music are not appropriate in a residential area.

The Council is legally required to investigate once it has received a complaint about noise. In this case we have received a number of complaints about the level of noise. We have not, however, told the band to stop playing or told them they must keep sound levels below 40 decibels. We have not prescribed a set noise level but have advised that the sound levels are currently too high.  We have offered to work with them to look at ways of reducing the noise levels by installing some sound proofing into the garage to address the problem or possibly compromise by looking at playing only at certain times. We have spoken to the owner of the property on three occasions so far and are arranging to visit them to try and identify a solution.

We are certainly not trying to stop the band from practising but we have to take into consideration the views of all parties.



  • Graham Coad

    Why can’t they use headphones like in a recording studio?

  • Lagora

    So basically anyone that wants to start up a hobby, if it attracts complaints to the council then the cash strapped council… So it says… can suddenly find funding for the hobby to be transferred to a local community centre….. Or does this only apply when some pop star puts pressure on the council and it gets lots of media coverage……Why doesn’t the rich pop star fund it if he’s so keen on supporting it… £££

  • Gilly Zella Martin

    Coming from a very musically orientated family with many musical instruments owned within the family I can understand both sides of the controversy. The young people concerned are musically minded and therefore want to progress, however, to practice as a band in a garage with no sound proofing within a residential area, I believe is intrusive to the neighbours. Clearly it is something that would be better taking place in a public hall during social hours.
    I think the council have done the right thing in offering financial help, as it is not uncommon for both Cornwall and town and parish councils to award grants for many local purposes.

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