Noisy neighbours: Chessington residents kept awake by all night warehouse rave

An illegal rave took place in a warehouse in Chessington last night

An illegal rave took place in a warehouse in Chessington last night

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Hundreds of revellers descended on an empty warehouse in Chessington for an all-night rave that neighbours say kept them up until the early hours.

It is understood the rave took place inside a disused unit on the Chessington Industrial Estate, in Cox Lane, and ended at around 8.45am today.

One resident, who did not give their name, contacted the Surrey Comet this morning to say they had been awake all night because of the noise eminating from the illicit party.

They said: "People living by Chessington Industrial Estate were kept up all night because of a rave that was organised in a commercial building.

"We tried to call the police at midnight but they said there is nothing they could do.

"There were hundreds of young adults roaming the streets making noise and the music is heard in the surrounding areas.

"The music is still going on at 8.30am and only two police cars on site who said that they only started at 8am and were dealing with it.

"It just looked like they were having a chat to some of the party goers.

"Letters to the council will be written."

The rave had earlier been flagged up by several people on Twitter.

One user asked: "who else at this rave in Chessington" while another tweeted: "does one know where the rave in chessington is?"

Meanwhile, another party goer tweeted: "Rave is in chessington get down here lads".

Others reported hearing the noise two and half miles away in Berrylands,  while one person joked: "This rave wakes my kids up i won't be happy! #wheresmyinvite #chessington".

Kingston police confirmed that he rave took place this morning on its official Twitter account.

The @MPSKingston feed said: "An overnight #rave in an empty #Chessington warehouse has ended. We are working with @RBKingston to deal with this site."

Were you affected by the Chessington rave? Did you go? Contact the news desk on 0208 744 4255 or email news@surreycomet.co.uk

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2:36pm Sun 2 Feb 14

botty49 says...

Tell me about it, live near Tolworth Girls School and it kept us and our neighbours awake all night. Absolutely shattered now, hope the revellers enjoyed themselves because we didn't!!!!
Tell me about it, live near Tolworth Girls School and it kept us and our neighbours awake all night. Absolutely shattered now, hope the revellers enjoyed themselves because we didn't!!!! botty49
  • Score: 13

12:29am Mon 3 Feb 14

Shelley McLean says...

Dealing with Kingston upon Thames Council on this issue is a complete waste of time if you were to ask me.

Having had to suffer noisy student neighbours for years and having been told there is nothing the police could or can do about it unless it spills out onto the public highway and then it becomes a breach of the peace or a public nuisance. Those that endured the noise from the rave in the warehouse have my deepest sympathy as I know only to well what we went through.

We live next door to a student rental house, which tends to change student residents every academic year.
An ex-Council house, a three bed roomed house, a home that should be for a family, that has now been converted into a six bed roomed, housing students.
We dread late July/August when the new students move in.
A couple of years ago our lives were turned upside down by one group of Kingston University student residents and their visiting friends.
The first night they moved in should have warned us what the future was likely to be.

We contacted the police night after night because of the noise levels from next door.
Keeping us awake not only every weekend but most nights of the week.
On phoning the police we were told there was nothing that could be done as the police do not have the power to shut down residential parties unless they spill out onto the public street and then it becomes either a breach of the peace or a public nuisance.
On a couple of occasions it did spill out onto the road outside our home. It was then that the Neighbourhood Police were able to attend and heard for themselves how loud the noise was and yet they still were unable to shut down the party. Just give warnings those in the street.
I eventually contacted Kingston Borough Council to complain about the situation.
I was informed me that I would need to keep a diary of the incidents for approximately three months and any make a note in the diary of any police incident numbers if we had to telephone the police before they could investigate.
I did try and discuss the matter with the owner of the property as did the Council, The University and the Police with little or no co-operation from him.

My family endured weeks and months of noise, while all the time we kept up the requested diary. After having endured more than most would endure, I decided that meeting with Edward Davey might be of some help and therefore went to one of his clinics and told him about the situation.
I do believe it was Edward Davey's intervention that eventually aided Kingston Borough Council’s Environmental Health Department to install a noise monitor. Not just once but in total the noise monitor was installed on four different occasions.
I also contacted the University and asked if there was anything the University could do to help.
At first I informed that there was nothing they could do as the students were living in private rented accommodation but if they had been living in halls of residence then it would have been a completely different matter.
The University's attitude changed quite dramatically once Kingston Borough Council contacted the University and informed them it had been established that our neighbours were causing a noise disturbance.
It was then that the University even tried to get the students, myself and my daughter to conciliation meetings.
We, my daughter and I attended as did the members of the University, who were going to mediate, but the students on both occasions failed to turn up.

For a little over a year we had to cope with parties that some didn’t finish until late morning. Having to witness varies suspicious goings on at the rear gate of the property. Screaming, shouting and fighting in the street outside our home at all hours. Having to vacate our home some weekends when we got wind that there was to be a party. Night after nights of being kept awake all night and then having to go to work the next morning.
The Council were eventually able to gain enough evidence to obtain and serve a Noise Abatement Order and subsequently remove all noise equipment within the accommodation.
Did this make any difference? No!
Yet again the Council installed the equipment after our having heard that a party was taking place, The students were to have yet another "small gathering" of approximately 20-40 friends. Although there was no loud music it still got extremely rowdy.
I was informed by the Council that with the evidence they had, it was more than likely enough for the Council to prosecute.
After a few weeks of not hearing anything I rang the Council for an update as to the position of the possible prosecution only to be told that now that the students no longer lived in the property, they were unable to discover where the students lived ,therefore they were unable (or unwilling to prosecute ).
A complete and utter waste of time and money for all concerned let alone the emotional trauma myself and my family had endured for those months. Don’t let them go on all night but have it ended at 2am. With your guests gone and the music off by then.
Good manners don’t cost anything so why can’t the students pop a note through their neighbours door warning them of the party. Or better still invite them in for a drink. This then allows then notified household to decide to go away or at least use ear plugs.

Those that have small children or elderly or those that English is their second language are the people I feel sorry for if they have student neighbours.
Who do they contact when they are at their wits end in the middle of the night? Kingston Borough Council will only take the details of your call of complaint.
The police are unable to help.
Do you take matters into your own hands and risk being arrested yourself?
There should be some way that a house party or a rave can be stopped. By professionals and not by those who are at their wits end.
Why can't Kingston Borough Council have a team ,like so many other Councils have, that are on duty during the night and weekends who can investigate noise levels are being adhered to.
I know that Kingston Borough Council did have a team, but the service was cut due to cost.
They were only available during the summer months, when most of the students had gone home and the residence of Kingston and the surrounding areas were quite.
Why can't Kingston College and Kingston University fund such a team?
Why can't the owners of these student rented houses be prosecuted for the behaviour of their student tenants?
They have the power to evict these noisy and disruptive students but they don't (or won’t )because of the loss of the vast amount of money they can and do get from renting to students even more so if the own several houses and rent them to students.
Dealing with Kingston upon Thames Council on this issue is a complete waste of time if you were to ask me. Having had to suffer noisy student neighbours for years and having been told there is nothing the police could or can do about it unless it spills out onto the public highway and then it becomes a breach of the peace or a public nuisance. Those that endured the noise from the rave in the warehouse have my deepest sympathy as I know only to well what we went through. We live next door to a student rental house, which tends to change student residents every academic year. An ex-Council house, a three bed roomed house, a home that should be for a family, that has now been converted into a six bed roomed, housing students. We dread late July/August when the new students move in. A couple of years ago our lives were turned upside down by one group of Kingston University student residents and their visiting friends. The first night they moved in should have warned us what the future was likely to be. We contacted the police night after night because of the noise levels from next door. Keeping us awake not only every weekend but most nights of the week. On phoning the police we were told there was nothing that could be done as the police do not have the power to shut down residential parties unless they spill out onto the public street and then it becomes either a breach of the peace or a public nuisance. On a couple of occasions it did spill out onto the road outside our home. It was then that the Neighbourhood Police were able to attend and heard for themselves how loud the noise was and yet they still were unable to shut down the party. Just give warnings those in the street. I eventually contacted Kingston Borough Council to complain about the situation. I was informed me that I would need to keep a diary of the incidents for approximately three months and any make a note in the diary of any police incident numbers if we had to telephone the police before they could investigate. I did try and discuss the matter with the owner of the property as did the Council, The University and the Police with little or no co-operation from him. My family endured weeks and months of noise, while all the time we kept up the requested diary. After having endured more than most would endure, I decided that meeting with Edward Davey might be of some help and therefore went to one of his clinics and told him about the situation. I do believe it was Edward Davey's intervention that eventually aided Kingston Borough Council’s Environmental Health Department to install a noise monitor. Not just once but in total the noise monitor was installed on four different occasions. I also contacted the University and asked if there was anything the University could do to help. At first I informed that there was nothing they could do as the students were living in private rented accommodation but if they had been living in halls of residence then it would have been a completely different matter. The University's attitude changed quite dramatically once Kingston Borough Council contacted the University and informed them it had been established that our neighbours were causing a noise disturbance. It was then that the University even tried to get the students, myself and my daughter to conciliation meetings. We, my daughter and I attended as did the members of the University, who were going to mediate, but the students on both occasions failed to turn up. For a little over a year we had to cope with parties that some didn’t finish until late morning. Having to witness varies suspicious goings on at the rear gate of the property. Screaming, shouting and fighting in the street outside our home at all hours. Having to vacate our home some weekends when we got wind that there was to be a party. Night after nights of being kept awake all night and then having to go to work the next morning. The Council were eventually able to gain enough evidence to obtain and serve a Noise Abatement Order and subsequently remove all noise equipment within the accommodation. Did this make any difference? No! Yet again the Council installed the equipment after our having heard that a party was taking place, The students were to have yet another "small gathering" of approximately 20-40 friends. Although there was no loud music it still got extremely rowdy. I was informed by the Council that with the evidence they had, it was more than likely enough for the Council to prosecute. After a few weeks of not hearing anything I rang the Council for an update as to the position of the possible prosecution only to be told that now that the students no longer lived in the property, they were unable to discover where the students lived ,therefore they were unable (or unwilling to prosecute ). A complete and utter waste of time and money for all concerned let alone the emotional trauma myself and my family had endured for those months. Don’t let them go on all night but have it ended at 2am. With your guests gone and the music off by then. Good manners don’t cost anything so why can’t the students pop a note through their neighbours door warning them of the party. Or better still invite them in for a drink. This then allows then notified household to decide to go away or at least use ear plugs. Those that have small children or elderly or those that English is their second language are the people I feel sorry for if they have student neighbours. Who do they contact when they are at their wits end in the middle of the night? Kingston Borough Council will only take the details of your call of complaint. The police are unable to help. Do you take matters into your own hands and risk being arrested yourself? There should be some way that a house party or a rave can be stopped. By professionals and not by those who are at their wits end. Why can't Kingston Borough Council have a team ,like so many other Councils have, that are on duty during the night and weekends who can investigate noise levels are being adhered to. I know that Kingston Borough Council did have a team, but the service was cut due to cost. They were only available during the summer months, when most of the students had gone home and the residence of Kingston and the surrounding areas were quite. Why can't Kingston College and Kingston University fund such a team? Why can't the owners of these student rented houses be prosecuted for the behaviour of their student tenants? They have the power to evict these noisy and disruptive students but they don't (or won’t )because of the loss of the vast amount of money they can and do get from renting to students even more so if the own several houses and rent them to students. Shelley McLean
  • Score: -20

5:57am Mon 3 Feb 14

marksurrey says...

I wish people would remember they were young once. Maybe it’s the people who seem to devote their days to documenting what the students get up to that are really the pain in the backside of the council and not the student letting of a bit of steam! Neurotic women writing 3 page essays asking for them to be slung out, good god get a life and leave them alone !
I wish people would remember they were young once. Maybe it’s the people who seem to devote their days to documenting what the students get up to that are really the pain in the backside of the council and not the student letting of a bit of steam! Neurotic women writing 3 page essays asking for them to be slung out, good god get a life and leave them alone ! marksurrey
  • Score: 18

10:32am Mon 3 Feb 14

marina68 says...

Can Kingston police let us know why they took no action against this illegal rave? Kingston police were told about this at midnight, said that there was nothing they could do.

But that's not true. The police have all the powers they need to shut these things down. The police are allowed to seize vehicles and sound equipment involved in illegal raves. Why didn't / couldn't Kingston police?
 
My guess is that on Sat night, Kingston polcie simply didn't have the resources. They admitted that at the hearing into Barcadia last week, and before that they admitted they didn't have enough resources to allow kebab shops to open.
 
If they don't have enough resources to cope with an ordinary Saturday night, they're hardly going to be able to cope when an illegal rave comes along.
I blame Boris Johnson's police cuts.
Can Kingston police let us know why they took no action against this illegal rave? Kingston police were told about this at midnight, said that there was nothing they could do. But that's not true. The police have all the powers they need to shut these things down. The police are allowed to seize vehicles and sound equipment involved in illegal raves. Why didn't / couldn't Kingston police?   My guess is that on Sat night, Kingston polcie simply didn't have the resources. They admitted that at the hearing into Barcadia last week, and before that they admitted they didn't have enough resources to allow kebab shops to open.   If they don't have enough resources to cope with an ordinary Saturday night, they're hardly going to be able to cope when an illegal rave comes along. I blame Boris Johnson's police cuts. marina68
  • Score: 14

1:20pm Mon 3 Feb 14

Mind the gap says...

marksurrey wrote:
I wish people would remember they were young once. Maybe it’s the people who seem to devote their days to documenting what the students get up to that are really the pain in the backside of the council and not the student letting of a bit of steam! Neurotic women writing 3 page essays asking for them to be slung out, good god get a life and leave them alone !
Yes we were all young once, blah blah blah. Being young does not auotomatically give you the right to not show any understanding / manners to your fellow neighbours. Most of these young a*%$£holes grow up to become old a*%£holes, and you can bet they will be the first to complain when the boots on the other foot. I lived in a large student house but we had a bit of consideration towards are neighbours and went out to pubs / clubs to do our partying. Personally I wouldn't bother documenting anything but would deal with the situation myself.
[quote][p][bold]marksurrey[/bold] wrote: I wish people would remember they were young once. Maybe it’s the people who seem to devote their days to documenting what the students get up to that are really the pain in the backside of the council and not the student letting of a bit of steam! Neurotic women writing 3 page essays asking for them to be slung out, good god get a life and leave them alone ![/p][/quote]Yes we were all young once, blah blah blah. Being young does not auotomatically give you the right to not show any understanding / manners to your fellow neighbours. Most of these young a*%$£holes grow up to become old a*%£holes, and you can bet they will be the first to complain when the boots on the other foot. I lived in a large student house but we had a bit of consideration towards are neighbours and went out to pubs / clubs to do our partying. Personally I wouldn't bother documenting anything but would deal with the situation myself. Mind the gap
  • Score: -1

5:43pm Mon 3 Feb 14

Sunnydog4 says...

These kids were having fun in a warehouse - not a house - playing music and enjoying themselves for one night only. What's the big deal? And no they probably won't turn out to be inconsiderate, angry and petty people - unlike some of the comment writers on here. My sons regularly play at raves and they are two of the nicest, considerate and friendly lads you could meet.
These kids were having fun in a warehouse - not a house - playing music and enjoying themselves for one night only. What's the big deal? And no they probably won't turn out to be inconsiderate, angry and petty people - unlike some of the comment writers on here. My sons regularly play at raves and they are two of the nicest, considerate and friendly lads you could meet. Sunnydog4
  • Score: 8

6:21pm Wed 5 Feb 14

marksurrey says...

Mind the gap wrote:
marksurrey wrote:
I wish people would remember they were young once. Maybe it’s the people who seem to devote their days to documenting what the students get up to that are really the pain in the backside of the council and not the student letting of a bit of steam! Neurotic women writing 3 page essays asking for them to be slung out, good god get a life and leave them alone !
Yes we were all young once, blah blah blah. Being young does not auotomatically give you the right to not show any understanding / manners to your fellow neighbours. Most of these young a*%$£holes grow up to become old a*%£holes, and you can bet they will be the first to complain when the boots on the other foot. I lived in a large student house but we had a bit of consideration towards are neighbours and went out to pubs / clubs to do our partying. Personally I wouldn't bother documenting anything but would deal with the situation myself.
"Blah blah" Get a life and leave the kids alone to have some fun. Your only jealous and so uptight.
[quote][p][bold]Mind the gap[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]marksurrey[/bold] wrote: I wish people would remember they were young once. Maybe it’s the people who seem to devote their days to documenting what the students get up to that are really the pain in the backside of the council and not the student letting of a bit of steam! Neurotic women writing 3 page essays asking for them to be slung out, good god get a life and leave them alone ![/p][/quote]Yes we were all young once, blah blah blah. Being young does not auotomatically give you the right to not show any understanding / manners to your fellow neighbours. Most of these young a*%$£holes grow up to become old a*%£holes, and you can bet they will be the first to complain when the boots on the other foot. I lived in a large student house but we had a bit of consideration towards are neighbours and went out to pubs / clubs to do our partying. Personally I wouldn't bother documenting anything but would deal with the situation myself.[/p][/quote]"Blah blah" Get a life and leave the kids alone to have some fun. Your only jealous and so uptight. marksurrey
  • Score: -1

1:19pm Thu 6 Feb 14

Chessi420 says...

marina68 wrote:
Can Kingston police let us know why they took no action against this illegal rave? Kingston police were told about this at midnight, said that there was nothing they could do.

But that's not true. The police have all the powers they need to shut these things down. The police are allowed to seize vehicles and sound equipment involved in illegal raves. Why didn't / couldn't Kingston police?
 
My guess is that on Sat night, Kingston polcie simply didn't have the resources. They admitted that at the hearing into Barcadia last week, and before that they admitted they didn't have enough resources to allow kebab shops to open.
 
If they don't have enough resources to cope with an ordinary Saturday night, they're hardly going to be able to cope when an illegal rave comes along.
I blame Boris Johnson's police cuts.
This is why they're not broken up til morning: http://www.dailymail
.co.uk/news/article-
564858/Police-break-
illegal-raves-darkne
ss-health-safety-ris
k.html
[quote][p][bold]marina68[/bold] wrote: Can Kingston police let us know why they took no action against this illegal rave? Kingston police were told about this at midnight, said that there was nothing they could do. But that's not true. The police have all the powers they need to shut these things down. The police are allowed to seize vehicles and sound equipment involved in illegal raves. Why didn't / couldn't Kingston police?   My guess is that on Sat night, Kingston polcie simply didn't have the resources. They admitted that at the hearing into Barcadia last week, and before that they admitted they didn't have enough resources to allow kebab shops to open.   If they don't have enough resources to cope with an ordinary Saturday night, they're hardly going to be able to cope when an illegal rave comes along. I blame Boris Johnson's police cuts.[/p][/quote]This is why they're not broken up til morning: http://www.dailymail .co.uk/news/article- 564858/Police-break- illegal-raves-darkne ss-health-safety-ris k.html Chessi420
  • Score: 1

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