Silence isn’t golden: Millgate clock set to chime again

A VILLAGE time piece is set to chime through the night again.

The 120-year-old Delph clock on the front of the Millgate Arts Centre was silenced from 10pm to 8am last September after a resident complained about excessive noise to Oldham Council.

It is believed the council spent a four-figure sum to fit a night time silencer to the Millgate bell just a few months after it had undergone restoration work.

But now the unnamed man is thought to have left his rented accommodation within earshot of the building and moved to another part of the borough.

At the time the ‘bongs’ were muffled Arts Centre officers reached agreement with OMBC environmental health officers the chimes could re-start if the complainant ever left the area.

As the Independent went to press OMBC still hadn’t received official confirmation of the man’s departure.

However, Millgate staff are hopeful the chimes will ring out 24/7 in time for Whit Friday on June 14.

News of the bell’s reprieve will delight previously wound-up villagers whose clock found itself on the national news agenda over the controversy.

Ian Shepherd, Arts Centre chair, said last year: “Most are of the opinion it is like sheep and owls; it’s part and parcel of living in a community like we do. Most want to hear it chiming all night.

“However, there has been a complaint to the Council who could deem it to be a statutory nuisance. If certain levels of decibels are exceeded, legally they cannot ignore it.”

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