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LE QUECUMBAR - LIVE MUSIC IN DANGER

Postby quecumbar » Sat Sep 20, 2008 11:41 am

LE QUECUMBAR - LIVE MUSIC IN DANGER

Le QuecumBar is dedicated to keeping Django Reinhardt?s Gypsy Swing alive and supporting the musicians who perform it. In addition we supply a platform for other forms of nostalgic acoustic music, Spanish and Balkan Gypsy music plus free available space to musicians who run work shops and master classes and much more ? this is now in grave danger!



Please read all this information very carefully so you understand the severity of the present situation.

You may have heard that there have been noise nuisance complaints by some local residents, including a specific neighbour whose complaints have led to the two separate issues below. The neighbour moved in after the music was here but this does not matter in law. This neighbour was also the only objector when I got my full music license in 2005. I have been doing live music since Feb 2003 when I moved in.

The purpose of this message is to inform you that if you do wish to support me there is every chance that your comments will make a difference, will be treated seriously and given proper attention. It may only take a few moments of your time.

Clearly the most important support from a legal angle will be from other residents/neighbours in the immediate vicinity of my venue ? but all support will be welcomed.



Music is the lifeblood of Le QuecumBar & Brasserie we are not a pub or restaurant - without the music we do not exist!

The areas which are relevant are the levels of noise OUTSIDE Le QuecumBar; at the front and in the rear garden. So what is really important is that any comments submitted must focus on noise levels, in opposition to the claims of noise nuisance, excessive and unreasonable.

The music is, of course, essentially acoustic not electric in nature. All regular customers will be aware that most of our music is acoustic and there is no PA system installed, and the only amplification used is limited to small portable stage acoustic amplifiers; and a microphone for singers; and little else. Without some minor amplification, customers simply cannot hear the music THROUGHOUT the venue.

Customers will also know that most of my acts are duos; four-piece performances are only the concerts. These have limited duration: 2 sets of 60-minutes. The live music finishes more often than not by 11pm, although I have a music licence until 12 midnight.

The two issues I am fighting are;

1 NOISE ABATEMENT NOTICE - section 80 under the Environmental Protection Act of 1990

A neighbour has called the Noise team in Wandsworth Council several times to complain of noise nuisance approximately between the hours of 8.30pm and 10.45pm, (as I have no details form the council so I am unaware of what exactly I am up against) the council subsequently issued an abatement notice, (there are no legally required recorded levels of noise measurement required under this particular law, it is purely subjective by the council noise officers and the neighbour bringing the complaint. under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 Section 80).

The abatement notice orders me to stop immediately the statutory noise nuisance of excessively loud music, this notice was served on 1st September, against which I must appeal within 21 days. These notices cannot be withdrawn and last forever so I have to appeal. If I lose the appeal, I could be forced out of business.

Any subsequent complaints by any residents whilst this abatement notice exists and is being appealed, could lead to criminal prosecution of myself as proprietor and up to a £20,000 fine.

I cannot afford legal representation by a specialist in this area of law and therefore have to try and get the abatement notice squashed myself and defend the license review. If you know anyone who has specialist knowledge in this area who may be willing to help please let me know ASAP.

2 LICENSE REVIEW - The same neighbour has also successfully applied to have my trading/music licence reviewed with the Wandsworth Licensing Department under the heading of ?public nuisance?, again saying the music is excessively loud and unreasonable, this objection also includes a complaint about audience participation that includes hand clapping. As all of you know this is not a raucous sing-along, DJ or karaoke-type establishment.

This review means my licence is also hanging in the balance. FOR THIS PARTICULAR ACTION THERE IS ONLY A LIMITED TIME TO ACT - ALL CORRESPONDENCE WITH ANY SUPPORTING EVIDENCE DISPROVING NOISE/PUBLIC NUISANCE MUST BE RECEIVED BY THE COUNCIL BY 30/9/08

What you may chose to write must obviously be up to you, and from your own experiences; but I welcome whatever favourable remarks you may be able to make in the following areas:

- Noise levels outside (both from the front and in the back garden where there is an adjoining house); WE OBVIOUSLY HAVE A POLICY OF KEEPING THE REAR DOORS CLOSED DURING PERFORMANCES, although I know this isn?t always popular with our customers who are smokers and also get very hot!

- general noise levels;

- whether noise levels are excessive/unreasonable a nuisance or repeatedly bothersome;

- atmosphere (we take pride in being the sort of establishment to which women feel they can come where there is an environment which is totally safe and unthreatening, whether with friends or on their own: but we are not a rowdy hen-party venue);

- I and other locals are aware there is some late night street noise from revellers leaving Battersea Square and the Woodman that pass my premises, however I am concerned that this is identified correctly and we are not made responsible for this as well ?the council need to be aware of this.



If you are from the immediate area please say so in your support email, it is important we have our local residents? support.



Please also add anything outside the above that you wish to say in support that would also be helpful and relevant. ie

Gypsy music cultural significance and educational elements with a world wide reputation, Locality ie a High Street in London etc



If you are local to me and would be willing to be a witness in my court appearance appealing the abatement notice please write to me separately as soon as possible.

All supporting evidence must be sent to Sheila Brass by 30/9/08 at Licensing@wandsworth.gov.uk

In the subject lone of your email: Re Le QuecumBar Battersea High Street - license review

You might wish to include a copy to the 3 relevant local councillors: tstrickland@wandsworth.gov.uk; jhallmark@wandsworth.gov.uk; mdavies@wandsworth.gov.uk;

the local MP martinlintonmp@parliament.uk,

Wandsworth?s Head of Technical Services wmyers@wandsworth.gov.uk and the Head of Leisure and Culture pbrennan@wandsworth.gov.uk on the cultural significance of the Gypsy Music we specialise in with concerts and educational workshops.

PLEASE COPY ME IN at info@quecumbar.co.uk ON ANYTHING YOU SEND as I will need them when I form my defence and attend the hearings.

I want to live in an atmosphere of respect and harmony with my neighbours; and to be given a chance to continue to try to do so, while maintaining Le QuecumBar as the Live Music venue which it set out to be.

IF YOU FEEL STRONGLY ABOUT THIS ISSUE: PLEASE ACT NOW, WITH YOUR SUPPORT: IF I LOSE THIS VITAL NOISE ABATEMENT APPEAL AND LICENCE REVIEW, THAT MAY BE THE END.

In anticipation many thanks for your help and support.

Sylvia Rushbrooke

Keeping Django Reinhardt?s Gypsy Swing alive and supporting the musicians who perform it.



On a happier note The Ritary Gaguenetti Quartet

Will be playing next weekend the Sun and Mon 21st 22nd September

Hope to see some of you here in support of their visit.

SUN/MON 21/22 SEPT £15

AUTHENTIC FRENCH GYPSY SWING/JAZZ ENSEMBLE with saxophone

PRESTIGE PERFORMERS

THE RITARY GAGUENETTI QUARTET

Favourites of Le Q and world audiences, if you miss Ritary?s pure jazz performance at the 606 Thursday 18th Sptember and his Gypsy Swing ensemble at the Albert Hall Friday 19th lunch time ? heres your chance to see him in Londons home of Gypsy Swing!

http://ritaryensemble.free.fr . From traditional Gypsy Swing to more up to date Gypsy Jazz this quartet excite and delight audiences around the globe and really know how to party. Regular visitors to Le QuecumBar, they return by popular demand. Led by the young hugely talented Ritary whose virtuoso playing is as sharp and precise as it is melodious and smooth. Ritary a Sinti Gypsy has been playing since he was fourteen, a self-taught musician of immense talent; this is the real thing and a special treat. Ritary plays with cousin Herve, one of the worlds best Gypsy Swing rhythm players aided by the fantastic Vladimir Torres on double bass and the added zest of Christophe Panzani on hot hot sax. On sale now at the bar ? Le QuecumBar Live in London with The Ritary Gaguenetti Quartet on the newly formed Le Q record label plus others, also available to purchase from our online shop and Amazon along with other great CDs.



Tickets from www.wegottickets.com or www.QuecumBar.co.uk
Thanks to all our Patrons and regular musicians
Keep live music Live
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update

Postby quecumbar » Sun Dec 14, 2008 6:07 pm

I have a trial in Feb as the council still have an abatement notice over my head due to one neighbour

This neighbour also callled my licence into review to try and get my music hours reduced - she failed but they did put extra conditions on my licence - its a jungle out there for live music venues the country is full of NIMBYs
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