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Hyde Park concerts get go-ahead this year

The number of concerts held at Hyde Park has been cut from 13 a year to nine after complaints from residents.
Westminster Council has also decided to reduce the number of people who can attend the events, from 80,000 to 65,000, and in some cases to 50,000.
The changes come into effect next year. Hyde Park's licence to host events came under review after complaints about noise almost doubled since 2008.
A residents' group has criticised the council for not cutting decibel levels.
Mike Dunn, vice-chairman of Mayfair Residents' Association, said he felt the council's restrictions did not go far enough and did not address the problem of noise from the concerts.
He said: 'We were looking for a reduction to six and there hasn't been a reduction in the decibel levels that we were looking for. But we have received some additional conditions to improve the lot of residents.'
Some of the measures agreed at the council meeting will come into effect immediately, including trials of a new noise-reduction system along with the monitoring of sound levels.
Music with a repetitive bass beat would be subject to reassessment, the licensing sub-committee said.

Councillor Audrey Lewis, Westminster Council's Licensing chairman, said: 'We have a duty to balance the needs of local residents with the desire of concert organisers to hold events and the compromise that the committee has reached does all of this. We will monitor the additional noise control measures and continue to work with both concert organisers and residents to ensure this is an effective solution to concerns raised.'
John Probyn, chief operating officer of Live Nation, which organises concerts at the park, said: 'This is good news for the thousands of Londoners and visitors from overseas enjoying all concerts we have in place, and also the London 2012 events in Hyde Park this summer.'
London's Mayor Boris Johnson said he believed 'common sense has prevailed'.
He added: 'Westminster are right to respect their residents, but they also have a responsibility for the economic vitality of the capital overall. Large-scale music events like the Hyde Park concerts make a massive contribution to London's economy.'

From BBC News

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