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Council decides on Bury St Edmunds music events at venue




West Suffolk Council has decided to let music events play on in Abbey Gardens, in Bury St Edmunds, following an investigation into complaints made about this year's Nearly Festival.

The June event which featured tribute acts covering bands such as ABBA and The Beatles, had around 2,500 people attend the two-day event, but it received complaints from nearby residents who said the music broke noise regulations.

But after looking at the situation late last week, a council spokesman said: “The Council monitored noise levels at the event and has looked thoroughly into these complaints.

The two-day event celebrates tribute acts, such as ABBAPictures by Mecha Morton
The two-day event celebrates tribute acts, such as ABBAPictures by Mecha Morton

"It is the opinion of the Public Health and Housing Service that the festival did not constitute a Statutory Nuisance and that we have therefore decided the event will be allowed to continue subject to conditions which are imposed to both protect event goers and neighbouring residents.”

Hundreds of people supported a campaign on change.org, Facebook and also signing paper petitions to keep this festival and the other music event in the Abbey Gardens going.

Chrissy Harrod, who is part of the campaign group, said: "We are delighted they have decided to allow music events to continue in the Abbey Gardens.

The Nearly Festival is an incredibly popular event in Abbey Gardens, Bury St EdmundsPicture by Mecha Morton
The Nearly Festival is an incredibly popular event in Abbey Gardens, Bury St EdmundsPicture by Mecha Morton

"The Nearly Festival provides a wonderful opportunity for families and those with disabilities to experience the joy these type of events bring to our town. Many people, including many disabled, would not be able to get to Nowton Park or concerts further afield. The Abbey Gardens is a public space and many big music events have been held there for many years. We are delighted that these will continue."



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