Noise row over Avon Valley Adventure and Wildlife Park's speakers

March 31 2018

Villagers living near a Keynsham attraction say they are suffering from increasing levels of noise from the site’s sound systems on a daily basis.

Villagers living near a Keynsham attraction say they are suffering from increasing levels of noise from the site’s sound systems on a daily basis.

Residents in Bitton say loudspeaker announcements and commentaries from Avon Valley Adventure and Wildlife Park can not only be heard in their village, but in Swineford and Upton Cheyney too.

Bitton Village Residents’ Association says villagers fear disturbance will increase if the venue adds more events to its calendar and had made formal complaints to South Gloucestershire Council.

In response, Avon Valley says it has now installed a new speaker system, switching from horn speakers to column speakers to help disperse any noise.

Spokesperson Lizzie Arkley said: “We are constantly monitoring sound levels and looking at the direction of the speakers and have also been in touch with local councils to ensure we’re doing everything we’re required to do as a business.”

Speakers are used to make announcements every hour between 11am and 5pm during off-peak periods and every 30 minutes between the same hours at peak periods, she said. The attraction welcomed 200,000 visitors last year.

A spokesperson for the BVRA (bvra17@gmail.com) said villagers were interested to know if any noise travelled towards Keynsham or if it only travelled in the direction of Bitton.

He said: “The nature of this business has transformed over the years from one that harmoniously complemented its rural, peaceful country, riverside location to one that clashes with its environment and neighbours.For instance, activities have extended from promoting such things as excellent wildlife experiences for children to daily events during the summer that include pig racing and festival-type events such as the FEAR Festival in October.”

Ms Arkley said the park remained very much a farm-based attraction and employs 62 people locally. She said: “We do have to move with the times but this does not mean we make more noise. We are trying to make the park as educational as we can and to encourage more schools to make educational visits with us.

“We employ 62 people locally and have to keep the business running, adding on additional events to generate income.”