Almost half of Edinburgh’s musicians and venues say they have suffered from problems relating to noise restrictions this year, and now city leaders have pledged to take action, reports The Scotsman.
An Edinburgh University study recently found that the city’s music scene is worth £40 million to the economy, but current noise restrictions are having a “chilling” effect, with 42 per cent of venues having run into trouble over the course of 12 months. The council has now vowed to alter a rule that states live music must be “inaudible” in homes neighbouring venues.
The city council says only 64 formal complaints were made between April 2014 and June 2015, but 44 per cent of musicians surveyed said their gigs had been affected by noise problems. One in three complaints to the council was said to have led to a venue scrapping its live music offering completely.
Norman Austin Hart, the council’s vice-convenor of culture, said: “There has definitely been an issue over amplified music in Edinburgh. There’s no point in the council saying that there hasn’t. The inaudibility clause has been policy for 10 years, but there’s enough of a case to look at it again. We can’t just hide behind it.
“There’s been a tendency for the council to say that there hasn’t been a problem and that all complaints have been resolved without anyone losing a licence. What that conceals is the fact that 44 per cent say they have been personally restricted over some form of noise complaint. That tells us is there is a problem.”
The move comes after last year’s nationwide campaign to protect venues from noise complaints, which hoped to introduce mandatory noise complaint waivers for people who live near music venues.