Noisy drummer and Boxing Day builders among those sparking Christmas complaints

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By JulieGK | Tuesday, January 01, 2013, 20:04

A Ferocious bongo drummer, builders hammering on boxing day and a midnight busker are among the more unusual noise complaints dealt with by Westminster City Council over the Christmas period.

Since Monday last week, WCC noise teams have dealt with more than 150 complaints from the public – with many more expected to be lodged from last night's New Year celebrations.

Westminster's noise teams have dealt with incidents including:

  • A bongo drummer in Leicester Square whose pounding sparked complaints from nearby householders (December 27th)
  • A busker in Gerrard Street who struck up at midnight and played the same five songs  incessantly on an acoustic guitar with voice microphone (December 27th)
  • Builders who began work on a development in Bateman Street early on Boxing Day, much to the upset of neighbours. When approached, the men – who appeared to be from Eastern Europe - said they did not realise the law forbade building work on Boxing Day.
The WCC noise team, who work 365 days a year, dealt with 18 complaints on Christmas Eve, 20 on Christmas Day and 16 on Boxing Day.

Among the worst offenders were burglar alarms – ten of which went off on Christmas Day and Boxing Day, much to the exasperation of nearby householders.

Andrew Ralph, Westminster City Council's noise manager, said: "In the case of the midnight busker, we suggested to the guitarist that midnight wasn't a reasonable time to be playing. The fact he had a limited repertoire probably didn't help his case, either.

"In all these incidents, we responded when the public complained to us. We always exercise discretion over the party season, but there are some instances where behaviour is patently unreasonable.

"New Year's Eve will be very busy again, and wet and windy weather may mean a rise in indoor events. As ever, we can be contacted by the public if noise levels go beyond what is reasonable."

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