York club prosecuted for playing music so loud it made neighbour’s home vibrate

Speakers corner: the music was so loud sleep was impossible. Photograph © CC0 Public Domain
29 Oct 2015 @ 10.37 am
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A club in York has been fined £1,500 after playing its late night music so loud that it made the floor of a neighbour’s house vibrate.

Persistently loud music from St Lawrence Working Men’’s Club was first reported to City of York Council on January 31.

In response, the environmental protection unit sent a warning letter to the management committee.

After another complaint, officers visited the site on March 20.

They heard music “loud enough to cause a statutory nuisance” and served a noise abatement notice that night.

Floor vibrating

Persistent offender: St Lawrence WMC on Lawrence Street, York. Photograph © Google Street View
Persistent offender: St Lawrence WMC on Lawrence Street, York. Photograph © Google Street View

A little over a week later, the officers received another complaint about loud music, York Magistrates’ Court heard yesterday (October 29).

Officers visited the complainant at 11.45pm and heard very loud music.

The bass beat was so strong that they could identify most of the tracks and could feel the floor vibrating from the music.

It stopped at 12.15am but before the officers left at 12.25am they clearly heard the DJ rapping and shouting.

Magistrates were told that the music was so loud the floor, walls and ceiling in the complainant’’s nearby flat were vibrating.

It made sleep impossible.

‘We will take action’

Magistrates fined St Lawrence Working Men’’s Club £1,500 with £891.55 costs for breaching a noise abatement order.

Councillor David Carr, executive member for housing and safer neighbourhoods, said:

“Organisations licensed to play music should be acutely aware of their responsibility not to disturb and disrupt the lives of people in the neighbourhood.

This prosecution shows we will take action against those who don’t moderate noise levels.”

Noise nuisance from commercial premises should be reported on 01904 551525 on weekdays between 9am-5pm, and on 01904 551555 on Friday and Saturday nights from 9pm-3am.

All other noise nuisance should be reported on 01904 551555 including Friday and Saturday nights from 9pm-3am.