The show can't go on in 'noisy' village hall

COMBE Martin Village Hall has had to call a temporary halt to events involving music, entertainment and the bar after noise problems saw it fall foul of the environmental health department. There is a public open meeting on Tuesday (July 27) at 7.30pm, wh

COMBE Martin Village Hall has had to call a temporary halt to events involving music, entertainment and the bar after noise problems saw it fall foul of the environmental health department.

There is a public open meeting on Tuesday (July 27) at 7.30pm, when villagers will hear what changes need to be made, how much it might cost and how they can help.

The Combe Martin Village Hall Management Committee would like as many people as possible to come along and show their support for the popular venue, as well as offer suggestions or opinions on how to proceed.

The hall is owned by the parish council, but run by the management committee and stages a host of events from boxing shows, music, films and theatre to bingo and wedding receptions.


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The problem centres on the hall annexe where the bar is, which has no sound proofing and led to complaints being made to the environmental health department of North Devon Council.

Committee chairman Wendy Druce explained: "They followed it through and held three or four noise monitoring sessions.

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"We were basically told we could not hold any events at the moment which include music, the PA system, or the bar. We now have to write to them and explain how we will remedy the situation.

"To do that involves quite a lot of work so before we commit ourselves we would like to know what support we have from the villagers and if they have any ideas themselves."

A statement from North Devon Council said: "Our Environmental Protection Unit has received complaints which it has a legal duty to investigate.

"The preliminary investigation revealed a potential for noise nuisance from some activities. We are now trying to work with the hall committee by asking for their proposals to meet the expressed concerns."

An acoustic engineer has carried out a survey and details of this, the work necessary to resolve the problem and the estimated costs will be provided at the meeting.

"If anyone has any suggestions or offers of help, we would like to see you on the night or hear from you," added Wendy.

"We're not necessarily looking for monetary support but any kind, such as ideas, offers of labour of advice."

Anyone unable to attend the meeting at 7.30pm on Tuesday but might be able to help the hall is asked to contact Wendy Druce on (01271) 882013.

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