Manchester councillor addresses Night & Day noise dispute and discusses resolution

Threat to venue prompted online petition and support from Johnny Marr, Tim Burgess and more

Manchester councillor addresses Night & Day noise dispute and discusses resolution

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Manchester councillors say they have been working to resolve the dispute between residents and the Night & Day Café on the city's Oldham Street.

The Charlatans' Tim Burgess, Frank Turner and Johnny Marr had spoken up in support of the venue following reports the venue could lose its licence or face closure due to noise complaints.

A post written on Labour party blog Manchester's City Centre Voice, states the City Council had approached Night & Day to seek an informal resolution between both parties. It wrote: "Unfortunately the management at Night & Day did not want to engage with officers or take any advice on steps they could take to mitigate the impact of the noise.

"Following concerns raised by residents about a suggestion that Night & Day cafe on Oldham Street would have to close as the result of a Statutory Noise Abatement Notice, city centre councillors have been working to get to the bottom of the situation."

A complaint was received by Manchester City Council on November 27 from a neighbouring resident concerned about the level of noise coming from Night & Day, particularly during live music performances which was heard clearly in their flat and was causing severe disturbance.

"Earlier today the venue management was again contacted and they have now agreed to meet with council officers tomorrow in order to seek a satisfactory resolution of the issue."

One of the councillors, Councillor Kevin Peel, has issued a statement, which reads as follows: "I've been attending gigs at Night & Day for many years and I think it is a fantastic venue. That said, the right of venues to operate as they wish has to be balanced with the right of residents – wherever they live – to peace and quiet in their own home.

"I live in the city centre in part because of the vibrant and diverse night time economy, as do many residents. I moved here knowing I would not get the peace and tranquillity I might expect in the leafy shires, but that does not mean I should expect unacceptable noise and disruption from my neighbours any more than I would if I lived anywhere else.

"As more people move into the city centre there will inevitably be tensions with new and existing pubs, bars, clubs, music venues and other premises. Most residents expect and accept a certain level of disruption, but all licensed premises have a responsibility to be good neighbours.

"We have a long history of working with residents and licensed premises to defuse conflict and resolve issues collaboratively to the satisfaction of all parties and we encourage all venues – and residents – to get to know their neighbours and raise any issues as they arise so that a swift solution can be found. Where this does not happen the city council must act. However it is always a last resort to take enforcement action, unless venue operators are not acting responsibly or willing to engage.

"In this instance communications were not sufficient between the operator, the residents and the council. I’m pleased to see this has now improved and hope an agreement can be reached which will satisfy all parties without the need for any adverse affect on either the venue or its neighbours."

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