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GUEST,The Shambles Licensing consultation announced! (1356* d) RE: Licensing consultation announced! 07 Dec 11

It would appear from the general concern about the current situation that additional entertainment licensing is NOT ensuring that everyone can have a peaceful night's sleep.

Or are you now saying that this type of regulation is effective in ensuring that we can all have a peaceful night's sleep?

It is a good way for uncaring licensing employees to carry on limiting and detering all live music by imposing actual conditions and before a note has even been sounded, as to them all live music is simply becoming another way of saying noise pollution.

To create an exemption for non-amplified live music alone would simply mean that all amplified live music would be limited and deterred as if it were always noise pollution on all occasions, at all times and in all venues.

At least where the legislation does not currently make a distinction (except in the Morris exemption) between amplified and non-amplified live music - the claim can safely be made, that not all live music is noise pollution and that the attempt to treat it as such, often before a note is sounded is totally unjust.

It is a bit like claiming that locking up those who look like they may be likely to commit a crime is a measure that will prevent crime and that, although you may have locked-up more than a few innocent people - is acceptable

It is not acceptable to impose conditions in advance, which limit and deter all live music on the grounds of it causing noise pollution. This what additional entertainment licensing is currently doing and much live music that will never present any form of noise pollution, is needlessly limited and deterred as a result.

This is a pretty poor way of treating something that should be celebrated for the added value it brings into our lives. This is why all live music must be taken out of the hands of those who are more comfortable issuing licenses to street traders and taxis.

As with crime, you can take sensible prevention measures but the imposition of actual conditions and punishments must wait at least until a crime has been committed. After some form of measurable noise pollution has occurred and hopefully stopped, it is sensible to take measures to prevent it happening again on other occasions.

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