Petition to protect ‘toilet circuit’ venues from Noise Abatement legislation launched

The Music Venue Trust have said they want to ensure the 'proper balance is being struck' between local residents and music fans

A petition to protect the UK’s smaller venues from Noise Abatement legislation has been launched.

Started by the Music Venue Trust in order to look out for the long term future of the country’s “toilet circuit” venues, the petition calls upon the Secretary of State for the Environment to review Noise Abatement legislation, which has seen a number of venues threatened after complaints have been made about sound levels from those living close to the venues. The trust says the petition is being launched “to ensure that the proper balance is being struck between the individual rights of owners/occupiers and the right of communities to be able to enjoy live music.” For more information, visit

Recently the future of venues such as Manchester’s Night and Day Cafe – pictured – and Bristol’s The Fleece has been threatened, after the Manchester venue was issued with a noise complaint from a neighbour and an application to build residential flats near the Bristol venue was filed.

In a statement, the trust has explained their reasons for launching the petition, writing: “The Music Venue Trust believes that venues should be good neighbours, engaging with their local communities and addressing concerns around noise and anti-social behaviour. But we believe that being a good neighbour is a reciprocal process, and that people who choose to live near to community spaces are accepting the responsibility to behave as a good neighbour to their adjoining music venue, church or community space; anywhere it is inevitable and should be acceptable that noise will exist.”