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Queen's gets noise-bylaw exemption for west campus athletic fields
Posted: July 16th, 2014 @ 10:14am
Kingston city council Tuesday night unanimously granted an exemption to its noise bylaw to Queen's University, allowing ancillary sound from athletic events played at the school's west campus sports fields.
The vote was 12-0.
The temporary exemption, running through 2015, allows intermittent noise from whistles and amplified sound for the national anthem and game announcements, as well as music during breaks in football games at Richardson Stadium, between the hours of 9 a.m. and 9 p.m., seven days a week.
Residents of neighbourhoods surrounding the stadium, where intercollegiate football games have been played for 43 years, had complained that since a new artificial turf field was built north of the stadium, near Sir John A. Macdonald Boulevard, athletic activity - and the noise asociated with it - had increased substantially.
Queen's amended is original request for an exemption until 11 p.m., and the university has pledged to conducted a noise-mitigation study.
Queen's is in the midst of a fundraising campaign to replace the aging stadium with a new $35-million structure.
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