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No date yet for silencing Kendal Town Hall's night-time chimes
COUNCIL chiefs may have to apply for Government consent before they can silence Kendal’s town hall bells during the night.
South Lakeland District Council is unable to confirm a date that the chimes will be axed between 11pm and 7am as officers await an answer on whether they require listed building consent for the work.
The bells were branded ‘nuisance noise’ after an investigation, sparked by a complaint from the landladies of the nearby Rainbow Tavern, found ‘unacceptable’ sound levels which breached national guidelines.
If consent was needed for work to silence the bells, the council would submit a formal application to the Government’s national planning casework unit, a spokesman said.
If it was not needed, work could start in six to eight weeks.
Clockmakers Smiths of Derby, who specialise in restoration, maintenance and installation, will undertake the ‘silencing project’.
The spokesman was unable to confirm how much it would cost or how long it could take.