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Residents say School’s music is disruptive

Havering residents are getting fed-up with what they perceive to be ‘nuisance loud music’ emanating from a local primary school.

“If my daughter went to that school I would have gone in to complain,” said one resident, Nikki, tired of distracting music being played at Mead Primary School in Amersham Road, Harold Hill.

Nikki and other residents from the area began contacting the school about a year ago, angry at the high volume the school play music at least twice a day, every day; and sometimes up to three times a day.

“We contacted the school about a year ago, annoyed that we have to put up with this every day. All they responded with was ‘we hear you’ and the music continued.”

Locals say the noise pollution is starting to affect their quality of life.
“It’s not the noise of the children playing we are complaining about, it’s the volume of their music. One of my neighbours works nights and now has to sleep in his back bedroom,” Nikki continued.

Inappropriate

“The music tends to start at 8.30 am, until 9am, when the children go into school, sometimes even until 9.30am; so I don’t know how they manage to get any work done with it blaring like that,” she added. Locals are also baffled by the genre of music being played. Nikki said: “It’s quite inappropriate at times, a neighbour told me she heard a song with the lyrics, ‘I’m feeling sexual’. She thought a rave was going on. I responded, ‘no, it’s the school’.”

Executive Head teacher at Mead Primary School, Malcolm Drakes, said: “I am aware of the concerns but the amount of time we play the music in a school day is minimal.
“Unfortunately we can’t meet everybody needs, we do try and work with residents. We have found a significant benefit from playing the music. We’ve done research and the results have been positive. We are one of the five most improved schools in the progress tables and the number of incidents at break-time dropped significantly since we started playing the music.”

“We want the children to have a happy, positive and meaningful break-time; the music promotes a positive mood in the morning. We do understand local concerns and we have moderated it,” Mr Drakes added.

Nikki contacted Lorraine Moss, Leader of the Harold Hill Independent Party to help resolve this situation. Lorraine said: “I’m all for schools playing music and but not at the detriment of local residents. I’m sure if we all work together, this issue can be resolved.”

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