Would this be possible (perhaps using EMRO
legislation)? Sunday night to Thursday night:
all licensed premises to be shut/empty from say
12.30 to 7.30 to allow people living nearby a
chance to get adequate sleep before work the
next day. (I picked those hours as my guess
of suitability for the majority.)
At present, I know lots of people who are being
driven spare by the racket in the night from
people going home from bars, clubs and takeaways.
This causes a lot of stress, misery and headaches,
and lack of adequate sleep is now acknowledged to
raise people's risk of serious health harm: cancer,
heart disease, diabetes and obesity.

Why the contribution is important

(1) It allows people adequate rest so that they
can do their jobs properly (who wants to be treated
by a medic who has been kept awake until 5am by a
nightclub's bass/revellers?) and/or concentrate
on their studies the next day.
(2) It would lower the risk of serious disease.


by user515911 on November 26, 2013 at 10:28AM

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  • Posted by user239904 November 26, 2013 at 12:35

    Excellent Idea
  • Posted by user734334 November 27, 2013 at 11:02

    I agree that silence is important but shutting those places isn't the answer I think. Instead we could do a lot with planting and the use of different materials to absorb and reduce noise rather than amplify and echo the noise. I mean if we can minimise noise from a motorway, surely we dan minimise noise from a couple of overly happy people at night?
  • Posted by user515911 November 27, 2013 at 16:08

    Thanks yhin. We've made hundreds of complaints over many years and got nowhere (and the situation is similar for lots of other people), with the massive encroachment of licensed premises on our formerly quiet area. Some residents are quite desperate, and others have just thrown in the towel and moved out. It is dozens, even hundreds, of people making the racket, to gone 4am, and I really can't see any other way out.
  • Posted by user490250 November 27, 2013 at 21:50

    Surely it's up to you where you live? Not every street in Bristol is ridden with such places so just move house to a quieter street?
  • Posted by user515911 November 28, 2013 at 12:05

    Thanks jay87. It was a quiet street when we moved here (one of our reasons for choosing it). Can I ask where you'd suggest [we have no transport]? I'm only suggesting these rules for licensed premises near residential property, during the week, and I'm surprised that you do not find that reasonable.
  • Posted by user780791 December 09, 2013 at 15:17

  • Posted by user515911 December 09, 2013 at 16:12

    Thanks HenrySlater. You weren't to know, but I have tinnitus, so I'm afraid earplugs just make it worse for me (my partner uses earplugs). We've spent a heap of cash getting the windows done with soundproofing glass, and that deals with a lot of the noise (although it means you can't have the window open even when it's baking hot). But for some reason, people screaming and shouting still wakes me up.
  • Posted by user412750 January 03, 2014 at 23:40

    How outrageous that you should be told to leave your home because other people behave without courtesy and consideration for those who want to sleep at night!
  • Posted by user515911 January 06, 2014 at 15:41

    Thanks jseymour---I am really heartened by your comment. We would certainly hate to be forced out of the place that we have lived in for 30 years.
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