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Historic chiming clocktower in Knighton could be silenced at night - because ONE person has complained

By Rarken  |  Posted: March 17, 2014

  • Knighton's historic clocktower which has chimed every 15 minutes for more than 140 years could be silenced - because of ONE complaint from a new resident.

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AN historic clocktower which has chimed every 15 minutes for more than 140 years could be silenced - because of ONE complaint from a new resident.

The 19th century clock rings out day and night every quarter of an hour just like it has done every day since 1872.

But a new owner of a B&B in the market town of Knighton, Powys, has lodged a formal "noise nuisance" complaint.

And now the council could be forced to silence the bells after dark because of the formal complaint about the late-night chimes.

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Town mayor Roger Bright is leading a campaign to keep the bells tolling - and said: "The whole town is up in arms about this."

"If a person lived near Big Ben in London and complained about it chiming would the authorities stop it overnight? No, they wouldn't."

The clock chimes one bell at 15 minutes past the hour, twice at half-past, three times at quarter to the hour and four times on the hour, while another bell marks the hourly time.

Since 1873 the tower bell has clocked up 13,586,760 chimes - but it could now be silenced at night.

Mr Bright said: "This clock has been there for over 140 years and it's been striking every 15 minutes for all that time - it's part of our heritage.

"I once lived near the clock for 10 years and it never bothered me.

"The town council is very strongly opposed to any move to stop the clock from chiming at night."

Council officials say they have a duty to properly investigate the complaint - even though it is just one person.

Mr Bright said: "The complaint has come from someone who has bought a B&B close to the clock tower and she is complaining about the noise for the guests as much as anything.

"But there was a hotel for many years even closer to the clock tower and no one complained about it then.

"It's a normal chime of a clock which people get used to and we would miss it terribly at night if it was silenced.

"The woman doesn't realise the feeling of the town I don't think.

"The genuine opinion of the town is if they don't like it they shouldn't be there."

Powys Council confirmed it was investigating the issue and was also in contact with the Welsh government's heritage body Cadw - the equivalent of English Heritage.

A Powys council spokesperson said: "Our environmental health team received a noise nuisance complaint regarding Knighton's town clock.

"Environmental health officers began an investigation and found that the council was responsible for the town clock.

"The environmental health team has referred the matter to the department responsible for the town clock and have suggested possible solutions to minimise the noise.

"These solutions are being considered currently in consultation with Cadw, the local member and the town council."

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  • Dai_Chotomy  |  March 17 2014, 1:38PM

    (a) This item is about a town in Mid-Wales which probably does not have the Evening Post on sale regularly. I agree that if such a minor story had occurred in Llanelli or Margam you would be justified in printing it. (b) The story has obviously been lifted bodily from elsewhere. I think it unlikely that people living in Wales need to be told that CADW is "the equivalent of English Heritage". So this is not only an inconsequential nonsense story that has no relevance, it is a clear demonstration of lazy journalism. . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . Well, well, well http://tinyurl.com/nmzp9ah

  • brochadav  |  March 17 2014, 1:32PM

    So yet again one person will take priority over everyone else. Get a petition up, if hundreds sign it, how can they justify stopping the chimes?

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