City Council is looking to officially adopt a policy which will safeguard the
future of the city’s live music venues.
“Agent of Change” principle
looks to protect the rights of established venues in those instances where
occupants of new residential developments complain about noise levels.
A report which will be presented to Cabinet tomorrow (Friday, 27 September), recommends that the city council commit to lobby the government for further powers to ensure developers are fully responsible for ensuring any noise emanating from music venues would not impact on occupants. Importantly, it would not be down to the music venue to make any adaptations.
Wendy Simon, Liverpool City Council’s Cabinet Member for Culture, said: “The live music offer in
this city is unparalleled and we need to preserve it moving forward.
us as a UNESCO City of Music, adopting this new way of working is a priority
and I hope it encourages other authorities to follow suit.”
McManus, Liverpool’s Head of UNESCO City of Music and Music Board member, said:“It’s the law that any
entertainment venue moving into a residential area needs to take measures to
ensure they don’t cause noise problems for those nearby – so why wouldn’t the
same apply for new developments that are built near established music businesses?
often, music venues become a victim of developers and we are seeing increasing
issues in the city at the moment. The Baltic Triangle is a prime example and if
we can adopt the Agent of Change policy we can ensure that our enviable music
scene and the city’s regeneration ambitions can co-exist.”
Michael Eakin, Chair of the Music Board and Chief
Executive Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, said: “Music is a one of the most
important economic strengths of the Liverpool City Region, contributing
significant employment and investment, and playing a major role in the visitor
“The vibrant live music scene is critical to that continuing
success, and, indeed, to stimulating new development and regeneration in the
city. We must not allow such regeneration to put our successful venues at risk.
A strong adoption of Agent of Change is a priority for the Music Board. It will
allow the music economy and the city’s development to continue to grow hand in
hand and we support Liverpool City Council in its intention to adopt this