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Thread #55964   Message #873977
Posted By: Folkiedave
24-Jan-03 - 02:20 PM
Thread Name: PELs Government v MU & lawyers
Subject: RE: PELs Government v MU & lawyers
I have written to my MP and included the following points:

1.        The Licensing Bill

1.1        The Government believes that the Licensing Bill will provide a new licensing regime that increases the opportunities for musicians and other performers. We believe that these reforms will give the arts in England a new lease of life rather than sounding its death knell as some are suggesting. The Department for Culture, Media and Sport is of course also responsible for the arts and we continue to have both performers and their audiences at the forefront of our minds as we take the Licensing Bill through Parliament.

I cannot state enough that it is the potential for local authorities to over-regulate that is the root cause of people's worries. The "Walkley Cottage" is a prime example. The landlord applied for a licence to allow folk music in his pub under the current legislation. The local authority demanded

·        Double-glazing to all downstairs windows
·        Triple-glazing to all windows facing houses
·        Sound baffles on extractor fans.

Because his satellite TV is not regulated he can make as much noise as he likes from that with no alterations.

The cost of this - £13,000 was sufficient for him not to apply for the licence.
He does not have a jukebox but that would not have needed regulation either.

11.3        Nor does the Government accept that existing health and safety and noise legislation provides sufficient safeguards where premises are used for entertainment. Health and safety assessments relate to premises in normal use. Their use for entertainment often gives rise to particular issues, for example:

·        Temporary cabling and staging

Not if the music is not amplified. That doesn't give rise to cabling

·        Blocking of fire exits
·        Unusual distribution of people in the premises
·        Certain aspects of crowd behaviour
·        Unusual noise disturbance

All of which are to be exempt as far as Satellite TV (think "World Cup") are concerned