K-Day fallout

2015-05-05 06:00

The level of noise and the lack of traffic fines issued at an event which took place at Newlands cricket ground has Lynfrae residents up in arms.

The Greater Lynfrae Civic Association received several complaints last weekend about the noise level during an event which took place on Saturday 28 February.

Alan Jackson, chairperson of the association, says they intervened to have the levels of noise reduced.

“We consider that Western Province Cricket Association (WPCA) is responsible for the noise inconvenience caused by events other than sports events held there,” he says.

Jackson explains they recognise that WPCA needs to raise sufficient income to ensure the future of this iconic ground but the sound system must be at a level which is reasonable for the surrounding areas, especially with regard to the bass, which is the biggest problem.

He also says neighbouring residents should be warned well in advance (at least 2 weeks prior to the event).

Jackson says they are willing to meet with the WPCA to discuss which areas will need to be informed.

“This is so that neighbours are able to take the necessary action to protect animals in the case of fireworks, and can make the necessary decisions to ensure that they are somewhere else, if they are particularly finely attuned to noise,” he says.

Clifford Dodgen, WPCA team and operations manager, says a letter informing residents of the programme for the event was sent out. The letter dated Friday 20 February states that the cricket association is “delighted to announce that K-Day Musical Festival will take place at the Newlands Cricket Grounds on Saturday 28 February from 09:00 until 21:00”.

It further states that with the event being a non-cricket event, the association has leased the stadium to the event organisers.

“Please note that the noise levels and activities in and around the stadium precinct will increase,” it reads.

It also informs residents of the closure of Campground Road between 07:00 and 22:00.

Dodgen says the letter further indicates that all necessary permits have been received from the City of Cape Town for the event.

Commenting on the complaint about noise levels, Dodgen says he was at the event from 08:00 until 10:30 and that the music was put off at 20:00.

“I was at the event and can assure the public and the association concerned that the music was put off at 20:00 as the organisers had to comply with permit rules,” he says.

He adds that in order to sustain the stadium they must follow strict guidelines set out by the City before the venue can be hired to event organisers. Dodgen says organisers did this prior to the event.

“They consulted with the City as well as the local councillors to ensure they are following all the steps necessary to host the event,” Dodgen says.

However, Jackson says the association is very disappointed “by this almost entirely legalistic response to an issue of good neighbourliness” between WPCA and surrounding residents.

“The fact that K-Day hired the stadium for the event does not provide the WPCA with indemnity from responsibility for what happens on the property they hire out,” he says

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