Park noise annoys

Too loud: Gordana Petreska (centre) with neighbours Ilina Spirkoska and Marko Trojacanec at Black Muscat Park which borders her yard. She says that a group of people hold parties in the park, using a loudspeaker connected to generators every weekend. Picture: Jeff de Pasquale

Too loud: Gordana Petreska (centre) with neighbours Ilina Spirkoska and Marko Trojacanec at Black Muscat Park which borders her yard. She says that a group of people hold parties in the park, using a loudspeaker connected to generators every weekend. Picture: Jeff de Pasquale

RELAXING weekend leisure time at home is a thing of the past for one group of Chipping Norton residents.

Gordana Petreska, whose backyard backs onto the area's Black Muscat Park, said that she and her neighbours can no longer enjoy any peace in their homes because the public park is taken over by a group of people who hold events using amplifiers and large sound systems on most weekend days.

"They get there at about 10am and usually go until 6pm and 7pm, sometimes 8pm in the summer," Ms Petreska said.

"They bring generators to power speakers and sound systems and make speeches using microphones, play loud music and yell all day long.

"The noise is just incredible. We can't watch television, we can't have conversations, we just can't live a normal life."

Ms Petraska said she and fellow residents had made numerous complaints over the past five years, but the council had done little to help them.

"Sometimes there are up to 1100 people at these events and we've been over there to talk to them and they insist that they have council permission to be there — and they're very aggressive."

Liverpool Council chief executive Carl Wulff said the council had not issued any permits for the use of amplifiers and loud music at Black Muscat Park.

"When using these recreational areas, public address systems, large sound systems and activities that generate excessive noise are prohibited without the written permission of the council," Mr Wulff said.

Mr Wulff said that the council had increased patrols of the area, produced a brochure about the proper use of parks and had put up signage at parks which said: "No live bands, musical instruments, amplified music, public address systems or the like shall be used without prior written approval from council. Fines apply".

At its June 20 meeting, the council resolved to engage two security guards to patrol Chipping Norton Lakes parks on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays from 9am to 2pm for a trial period of three months, which started on July 5.

"Significant noise issues and public disorder will be referred to police for assistance if park users don't co-operate with the security guards' requests."

Liverpool councillor Peter Harle said he had been campaigning for several years for something to be done about the noise at the park.

"I've been contacted by many residents and I've been there and seen it myself as well, it's just unacceptable," Cr Harle said.

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