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Noise complaints for music venue in Leytonstone

A music venue in Leytonstone may need to look into installing acoustic insulation, following a noise complaint.

Recently, the Luna Lounge in Church Lane was visited by a council officer after the complaint was made. A Noise Abatement Notice was issued, requiring the venue to restrict its music. Two weeks later, a council officer returned after further complaints. The lounge was given a £240 Fixed Penalty Notice and was warned that its speakers would be confiscated if there were any more complaints.

Suja Khaled, who runs the Luna Lounge, told the local newspaper that this is the first time that there have been noise complaints since the venue opened in 2003.

"I have never had any major problems with the police or the local authority before, we have built up a reputation on good business conduct," he said.

He added that the complaints have made him worried about the future. "This is our livelihood - music is the core of our business. If we lose our equipment, we lose our business."

According to the Environment Protection Act 1997, noise in town centres should be no louder than 60 decibels between 7am and 10pm. After 10pm, the decibel level should drop to 50 dB or less.

Mr Khaled said he will appeal the penalty notice and claims that the council told him a decibel reading was never taken.

Councillor Clyde Loakes, Waltham Forest council deputy leader, said that's the council's responsibility to investigate complaints about issues that could be a statutory nuisance - and this includes excessive noise.

"When noise issues are reported to us we will investigate and normally try to settle the complaint informally to avoid having to take formal action," he explained.

He added that the council will soon be reviewing the issues that arise from noise generated in the town centre. In particularly, they will be examining the growing evening economy, which is expected to increase even more with the arrival of the 'Night Tube'.

"This review will allow us to further engage with local businesses and come up with a best practise policy that takes into account the growing and successful nature of the wide range of activities now being undertaken in our town centres in the evening."