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Licence row over outdoor events on University of York campus
YORK students are facing opposition from residents over plans for outdoor events, including their freshers’ week celebrations, because of noise fears.
Live & Loud, the main event for University of York newcomers, is scheduled for October 5 and includes an outdoor music stage at the Heslington East campus. The University of York Students’ Union (YUSU) will look to secure a licence from City of York Council tomorrow.
YUSU’s application is also seeking clearance to hold up to 11 other outdoor events a year, on a smaller scale to Live & Loud.
It has drawn objections from Heslington and Badger Hill residents, who said previous events have caused noise problems and assurances made before last year’s freshers’ week were not kept.
Kallum Taylor, YUSU’s president, said it did not currently anticipate holding 12 outdoor events annually, but wanted to avoid having to submit multiple licensing applications, while it had recently banned on-campus events from using amplified sound outdoors after 9pm on school nights.
He said: “We are working hard to improve the relationship between students and other local residents, valuable lessons have been learned from previous events, and we are confident this year’s freshers’ event will have little impact on our neighbours.
“YUSU value the positive relationship we have with the local community and we look forward to future opportunities to work alongside residents. We are definitely not looking at doing the equivalent of our freshers’ event 12 times across this academic year – that would be inconsiderate and irresponsible.”
Mr Taylor said any event would have its own noise management plan, with parish councils consulted and residents informed, and “creative ideas” could be discussed with communities. This year’s Live & Loud will finish an hour earlier, with the outdoor events licence allowing alcohol to be served and music played until 2am on Fridays and Saturdays, but with a midnight cut-off point for events with a 500-plus capacity.
Heslington Village Trust, among 23 objectors to the council, said the licence had “the potential to cause considerable noise and disturbance” from music and students walking home after drinking.
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