I see in yesterday’s Crimes that the residents and managers of the Waldorf Apartments are still whingeing about the noise of live venue music. The reality is, folks, that noise has been there for many years, was there before the apartments were built, and you knew about it before you moved in.
This whole “order of occupancy” issue has been ignored for years by ACTPLA. I wrote several submissions over many years suggesting that they enshrine such a principle in legislation but they just let it slide. Nor did ACTPLA ever impose conditions on apartment developers to ensure that adequate noise insulation was installed.
And now, surprise, surprise, the whingers are closing down music venues. It’s all wrong.
Many jurisdictions/countries have gone through/ are going through this issue. One example is where residential land encroaches on agricultural holdings, and then residents start moaning about farm smells and noises. Well, the reality is that these activities were there first, and these johnny-come-latelies have to accept these pre-existing rights.
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I don’t agree with much of what the Snow family does or says, but I can understand why they would want to block the Tralee development – over time, the whingers will start to moan about the noise over property, when that noise was there to start with. We need to have proper protection for earlier occupants to continue to enjoy their properties, within reason, as these activities were there when the later occupants purchased/moved in. And that principle should also apply to inappropriate hi-rise developments in suburban areas.