By Beth Sharp Friday 11 October 2013 Updated: 14/10 00:14
A DISPUTE has erupted between Bromsgrove residents and the town's Unionist Club over a marquee which has been put up for the organisation's centenary celebrations.
Those living in Willow Close are angry the giant party tent is so close to their homes.
They are outraged by the fact they were not told beforehand and because it will be on the club's car park for three weekends in a row - hosting four weddings and the charity ball.
They said they also objected to the celebrations' finishing times as the temporary events notices mean entertainment can carry on up until midnight every Friday and Saturday until October 28.
But Adrian Collins, the manager of the Unionist Club, has moved to quell residents' fears.
He said everything had been done by the book - checks had been made with planning and environmental health, there had been no objections from the police and full safety checks had been carried out by Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service.
"It's over three weekends, but it's a once in a lifetime event - we won't be doing this again.
"The music will be until midnight, but it won't be thumping out like a rave in a field.
"It will be reasonable," he added.
However, Paul Williams' garden is almost back-to-back with the marquee, only separated by the width of the fence and a hedge.
He said: "When we first found out about it in March, I went up to the hub to make an objection.
"My details were taken and they said when the application came in I would be notified but I never was.
"The local authority shouldn't have authorised this type of thing before consulting the public."
Postman Keith Farr, whose home is the closest at less than 3ft away, said: "We're going to have weekend after weekend of hell.
"I've only recently bought this house and I now want to sell and move.
"I start work at 4am and work Monday through to Saturday."
Another resident, Tom Walton, said: "I know we cant do anything now but I would like support from our community to make sure this won't ever happen again."
Coun Rory Shannon and Coun Rita Dent are both due to go to the residents' homes tonight (Friday) when the events kick off.
Coun Shannon said: "It is totally disrepectful that the residents were not consulted on this."
Coun Dent said with the noise pollution being the main issue, residents had been given sheets to monitor the sound levels and the officers' mobile numbers.
"If there are any problems, the officers will take appropriate action."
A Bromsgrove District Council spokesperson said there was no planning issue provided the land was returned to its normal use and the temporary structures were removed in a timely manner.
"Activity on the site will, of course, continue to be subject to all the usual regulations," he added.
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