Station Village noise investigated

NICHOLAS BOYACK
Last updated 09:43 12/02/2013

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Hutt City Council is planning to investigate noise levels associated with concerts at the Station Village.

In recent years the complex has held a number of December-January concerts featuring artists such as Jimmy Barnes, Gin Wigmore, Shihad and Katchafire.

The council has only received a handful of complaints from neighbours.

Discussions were held in January last year with Station Village management to look at ways of reducing the noise.

An independent acoustic consultant subsequently made a series of recommendations to make sure bands did not exceed noise limits.

A report going to the community and infrastructure committee notes that monitoring noise levels at the venue is not easy. Wind speed, traffic noise from State Highway 2 and weather conditions can all have an impact.

Having given permission to hold concerts, the council expects Station Village to self- monitor noise levels to make sure it is complying with the rules.

Four concerts were held over Christmas, attracting 4000 people.

The council received nine complaints with Six60 drawing six.

The report recommends that further monitoring is required to establish noise levels and whether or not the district plan is being breached.

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