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Primrose Hill residents ‘tortured’ by rowdy pool parties and all-night raves

PUBLISHED: 07:00 18 September 2014

Matthew Wright. Picture: Suzan/EMPICS Entertainment.

Matthew Wright. Picture: Suzan/EMPICS Entertainment.

Suzan/EMPICS Entertainment

Primrose Hill residents are being driven to despair by all-night raves and pool parties hosted by wealthy neighbours.

"We are not talking about inviting people around for a couple of drinks. These people are spending thousands on re-decorating for the parties, DJs and bouncers"

Matthew Wright, TV presenter and Primrose Hill resident

Residents living near to Regent’s Park Road, where houses sell for up to £15million, have been forced to wear ear plugs to bed and take sleeping pills to cope with thumping “techno” music and noisy revellers attending parties in gardens along the street.

One house belonging to a couple who have hosted numerous mid-week parties policed by bouncers on the door, has been the subject of six noise complaints to Camden Council in the past 12 months. Police have also been called.

TV presenter Matthew Wright, 49, who lives nearby, was astonished to find one recent party still going strong as he left his home at about 5am to present his weekday Channel 5 show The Wright Stuff.

He said: “The lack of social responsibility is absolutely stunning. Some parties start in the afternoon and it just goes straight on through – there’s full-on techno music.

“We are not talking about inviting people around for a couple of drinks. These people are spending thousands on re-decorating for the parties, DJs and bouncers.

“I’m three gardens down with double glazing and I can’t sleep with earplugs in.”

Writer and quilter Linda Seward, who also lives near to Regent’s Park Road, said neighbours were being “tortured” by the parties.

After one late-night party recently, she said: “I finally fell asleep in my son’s room at the front of the house with a pillow over my head, earplugs and a sleeping pill. It shouldn’t have to be this way.”

The Ham&High understands a council noise officer has paid two visits to the problem couple in the wake of complaints.

An “au pair” answered the door first time around and told the officer the couple were “unable to speak”.

But in a follow-up visit, the officer spoke with the husband who insisted they were being “vilified by baseless allegations” and would continue to host parties in their “sound-proofed basement”.

Mr Wright criticised Camden Council, which only operates a response service to noise complaints between 10pm and 4am on Fridays and Saturdays, for a “lack of support”.

He added: “I could cross the park to Westminster and they have a 24-hour noise patrol and the tax is lower, so somewhere along the line things aren’t going right for Camden.”

Cllr Jonathan Simpson, Camden’s cabinet member for community safety, said: “Our current noise service is under review to consider options to further enhance it, and we are looking at ways of providing an approved service to meet our residents’ concerns.”


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