Tonight’s Leeds Castle Fireworks Spectacular with pop music could be seen and heard by Eyhorne Street residents inside their houses with the windows closed and curtains drawn. The sell out show started at 5.30pm and very soon residents could hear the pop music broadcast via a PA system clearly in their homes which are around a mile away.
The combination of the noise from fireworks and pop music did not go unnoticed by some household pets in Eyhorne Street and in particular dogs.
A second show will be tomorrow night when the performance will be repeated. On a previous occasion when concern was expressed by Hollingbourne residents about the noise level from the annual Fireworks Show, noise abatement officers from the Environmental Services Department visited the Castle after which the noise level appeared to decrease. The Show usually also results in traffic problems on the A20 for local residents who have noted on many occasions that local residents receive no concessions for Castle visits or events.
Hollingbourne Parish Council has previously received a number of complaints from local residents about the noise from Leeds Castle fireworks which occur on a number of occasions during the year and the matter was considered at the September 2018 Parish Council meeting.
Leeds Castle is the largest local employer with about 350 employees and it has about 600,000 visitors a year. The annual income is around £12 million and with visitor numbers dropping, the Leeds Castle Foundation has been seeking two additional Trustees with marketing and finance experience. For more information please Tel. 765400. None of the existing Trustees of the charity are local.
Next year will be Leeds Castle 900 it will be marked by a number of events including a pageant in July and Alysha Sargent of Leeds Castle writes in the November Parish Magazine, “Our hope is to get a lot of community involvement to help us to celebrate ….”
UPDATE as of 5th November – Local MBC Councillor Patrik Garten has asked for any comments to be sent to Maidstone Borough Council at http://www.maidstone.gov.uk/home/do-it-online/report-it
Please see below for pictures of tonight’s fireworks taken from Hollingbourne.
Pictured below is Fudge who took to her bed because of the noise from Leeds Castle.