Below is a statement from Windmill Hill councillors Ed Plowden and Lisa Stone, in response to a recent article in Bristol 24/7 about Motion nightclub’s concerns around noise complaints.
“We respect Motion nightclub as a valuable part of Bristol’s culture. We know they have been affected, like everyone else, by recent lockdowns and we want to see them continue to thrive.
“It’s only fair that clubs like Motion that have been part of Bristol’s nightlife for years should be protected from noise complaints from new developments built nearby. This is why Greens in 2017 supported the ‘agent of change’ planning principle introduced in Bristol to protect venues from these complaints. Through this policy developers are supposed to fund new soundproofing at Motion – despite new development work going on nearby, these improvements still haven’t happened. They are needed for the benefit of residents and the nightclub.”
“In recent weeks we have had many upset people contact us as their local councillors. All of them say that they are used to noise from Motion but that it is louder than before. The noise used to be wind and weather dependent, but now people report being affected over half a mile away even when they go inside and close their doors and windows. We have requested noise monitoring for quantifiable, objective data for fairness to both Motion and residents.”
“We will be working together with the club and local community to ensure that Motion get the soundproofing upgrades they are entitled to and make sure that noise levels aren’t exceeding agreed levels. We need to find the best outcome for everyone, protecting Bristol’s nightlife and representing local residents”