Totnes is facing a loss of around £4,500 a year after concerts at the town’s civic hall were banned.
Jazz, funk, and soul concerts, which had been staged there by the South Devon-based Jelly Jazz promoters for the last three years, regularly drawling audiences of up to 500, have been stopped after residents complained about the noise.
The loss of hire fees to the town council is a drop of around 15 per cent of its income, although folk dance groups, dance classes, short mat bowls competitions, pantomimes and musical shows which take place at the hall are unaffected.
It’s not the first time the Civic Hall has fallen foul of noise issues – its once regular use as a concert venue was stopped 15 years ago due to environmental health noise legislation.
The large hall, which was built in the early 1960s after the town old hall burned to the ground in a massive market square fire, is built on stilts and virtually un-soundproofed, says thisissouthdevon.
The hall is owned by South Hams Council, and leased to Totnes Town Council.