Swearing rave DJ kept Writtle neighbours out of gardens

A hearing to decide whether to permit a rave festival for up to 20,000 revellers following an event last year has heard how neighbours found it impossible to sit outside because of the amplified swearing by a DJ.

New World Muzic Ltd has applied for a new premise licence covering up to four days each year at Kings Farm, Margaretting Road, Writtle until not later than 11pm.

Residents say that there were at least four weekends last summer ruined by nuisance noise as well disturbances from increased parking and traffic.

Resident John Hammond told the licensing committee on Friday that even with the windows shut loud bass reverberated around the house.

He said: “The nature of the New World rave event in August 2021 was consisting of vibrating bass that meant I could not listen to radio or TV in my house, even with windows closed.

“Also, it meant family and friends could not sit in the garden, especially because of the amplified swearing by DJ.

“These aspects seem to be part of the inherent nature of this type of event. It is not just the level of noise but the type and duration.

“When the V Festival was being held, noise and vibration was managed to an acceptable level.

“One solution would be to relocate events further away from Paradise Road. All stage and public-address tannoy loudspeakers should be oriented facing away from Writtle village. Limits should be set for vibration as well as noise.”

Conditions that have been agreed with environmental services at Chelmsford City Council include that a noise management plan has to be implemented and during the events a dedicated and continuously manned complaint telephone line has to be available to residents.

The committee also heard that a failure of the city council to properly inform Writtle parish council which subsequently was not able to submit its own representations to the licensing committee of the plans in time.

Chelmsford city councillor Andrew Thorpe-Apps (Cons, Writtle), who is not a member of the licensing committee, said: “I share the concerns expressed by numerous Writtle residents about New World Fest.

“The previous events have caused disturbance and it is unclear how the parish’s forthcoming calendar of local events will be impacted.

“This is why it is crucial that the City Council, through its licensing committee, hears the views of as many residents as possible before deciding on whether to allow such events to happen again.

“I am very disappointed that Writtle parish council appears not to have been notified in good time and consequently was unable to provide formal objections to this licence within the statutory period.

“I will continue to discuss this matter with Council officers and do what I can to reduce the impact on Writtle residents.”

David Dadds, representing New World Muzic, said: “In relation to the noise management it is done within the code – the nearest sensitive receptor that is done with our own private noise expert along with the local authority.

“There is the managing and monitoring of sound at different locations so we are confident we can and we do operate within the conditions.”

A decision will be made over the next few days.

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Piers Meyler

Local Democracy Reporter