… despite calls from rattled and sleep-deprived residents about the problems - which started last summer - they say Lewisham Council officers have failed to stop the music and police cars have just driven on by.There's a shocker. What, no targets for it?
Arranged by flyer beforehand, residents say guests are charged upwards of £10 to get in, a bouncer is put on the door, and cars pull up all night delivering supplies for the raves.Hmmm... A commercial enterprise? Perhaps HMRC would show more teeth in this instance?
Leslie Keener, 76, said: "The sound system they've got is meant for a hall not a house. "But what can you do? They seem to get away with it."Oh, the council does show up. But that's all.
Neighbours said Lewisham Council officers turned up early during the last party but, shortly after they left, the music just started again.*sighs*
A Lewisham Council spokesman said: “We attended the address on May 5 following a complaint of loud music. The resident was told to turn down the music which she subsequently did.
“On May 9 we wrote to the resident informing them of our noise policy and that if we get any more complaints about noise then we will take further appropriate action as needed.”You'll turn up again, tell them to put a lid on it, then scarper? Great! That'll help.
A spokeswoman for Lewisham police said: “We are aware of a number of complaints that have been made by residents regarding this address and it is being investigated along with our partners at Lewisham Council.”Really? They can do that by....just driving past?
Inspector Daren Donoghue of Safer Neighbourhoods Lewisham said: "We take a robust stance to dealing with any unlicensed event.
“Illegal gatherings cause a great deal of disruption and distress to local communities and often result in damage being caused to property and land. Anyone considering holding such an event should reconsider their intentions carefully."Did he wag his finger and frown as he said that?