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School's carol concert silenced
Summerhill School's choir
The concert was to raise money for musical instruments
A school has been forced to silence its carol singers after a neighbour objected to its annual carol concert.

Changes to licensing laws meant Summerhill School in Kingswinford, West Midlands, applying for a licence to holds its concert.

When advertised, someone raised an objection relating to noise nuisance leading to the concert being cancelled.

Head teacher Ben Warren said everyone was disappointed the concert had been called off.

Regulations and statute

In a statement Dudley Council said it had received the school's application on 7 November and the application went out to consultation for 28 days.

"During this period one objection, relating to noise nuisance, was submitted.

"By law any application which has objections must go before the licensing committee.

"The earliest possible committee for this case to be heard was on December 19.

"On Monday (Dec 4) the school applied for a temporary events licence but , under statute, 10 days notice is required before we can legally approve such as application.

"All schools were contacted before the new licensing regulations came in to place in August 2005 and we would have expected an application to have been submitted soon after."

Summerhill School choir will be heard at a concert next Tuesday at Holy Trinity Church in Wordsley.

The school reacts to the cancellation


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