Neighbour worries about party noise
It's party time with the start of the NZCT South Island Masters Games at Saxton Field, but a neighbouring resident is wondering just how loud that's going to be.
Robert Cant is concerned that Nelson City Council has granted consent for amplified sound without consulting the community.
More than 2000 people are registered for the games, which run from tomorrow for nine days. Besides more than 50 sports, the event is also billed as Nelson's Biggest Over-age Party.
The first Mr Cant knew about the party was when he received a letter from the organisers on Tuesday advising that a resource consent had been granted for amplified sound for the social functions.
He supports the games, saying it is a great event, but believes it isn't acceptable to use the reserve for the night-time social occasions without consulting residents.
"Only time can tell whether my concerns are real or just unfounded fears. What I am concerned about is the council granted them permission without consulting residents and that permission seems to allow them a level of noise which will keep most people awake until 11pm or midnight.
"The council has not bothered to ask the community's opinion so I am asking the community that if they feel the community should have been consulted or are upset by the noise level to let the council know.
"The council can't be bothered to ask but I am asking them to give feedback."
The social programme is headlined "The Shed is Party Central!" and says: "We guarantee the music will be high energy, the drinks will be flowing, the dancing non-stop and the costumes spectacular!"
Covers bands the New Entrants and The Beat Girls are to entertain this weekend and next weekend Paul Madsen will perform for a 50s rock n roll party, and celtic folk rock band The Saints will play at a Middle Earth theme party.
The entertainment is in a big marquee in the grounds outside the stadium. "A marquee has as much sound proofing as a piece of paper," said Mr Madsen. He believes it would be better to hold the social functions in town.
Games administrator Tony Thomas said the residents were not consulted because it was not a requirement of the consent process.
Council community relations manager Angela Ricker said Sport Tasman had to apply for resource consent to use amplified sound, which is classed as a "controlled activity" and needs resource consent.
"In this case, where we consider that the effects from the noise will be temporary, the noise levels for the event are similar to permitted noise levels for that zone and managed in a way that reduces noise for the surrounding area, it does not require public notification," she said.
As part of the consent application Sport Tasman provided a noise management plan that would essentially ensure the activities were managed so noise is as minimal as possible, she said.
Saxton Field was within the open space and recreation zone which meant other non-sporting activities, including festivals and performances, could be held there.
Mr Thomas said the consent process had been a challenge. "The process itself and information we have to provide and reports we have to get written by an acoustics engineer, but we worked through that with the council. They have been helpful in enabling us to get consent for amplified sound."
The anticipated sound level that might affect residents was within the standard guidelines provided by the council, he said.
The noise limits are: 7am to 12 midnight, 50 dB maximum average over a 10-minute period, and within that period no noise measurement over 85db when measured at the boundary of any site in the residential zone.
A noise liaison officer has been appointed and the noise is to be monitored.
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