‘Noisy’ kindy disco puts One Tree Hill on the map

Central Leader - - Front Page - By Janie Smith

There’s a party pooper lurk­ing in One Tree Hill but no one will take re­spon­si­bil­ity for call­ing noise con­trol to a kinder­garten disco.

Neigh­bours of One Tree Hill Kinder­garten are baf­fled by a noise com­plaint made about the kindy’s disco last Fri­day evening.

A coun­cil noise con­trol of­fi­cer asked the kindy to turn down its mu­sic – which in­cluded Bob the Builder, the Chicken Dance and SpongeBob SquarePants – at 6.30pm.

A wo­man liv­ing next door says her six-week-old baby slept through the disco.

“I didn’t even re­ally no­tice it. I knew it would be on Fri- day. It’s a kids’ disco, it’s not go­ing to go on un­til 3am.”

She was sur­prised to hear some­one had com­plained and had no idea who it was.

A man liv­ing two doors down says he only re­alised some­thing was hap­pen­ing at the kindy be­cause the street was packed with parked cars.

He and his fam­ily went out around 6.30pm and did not hear any­thing.

Head teacher Lisa Prit­tGor­don says there were ba­bies at the disco who were sleep­ing through the mu­sic.

“We couldn’t have it too loud be­cause it would af­fect the lit­tle ones and they would be too fright­ened to come into the hall.”

The disco is an an­nual event and they haven’t had com­plaints be­fore, she says.

“A lot of neigh­bours have young fam­i­lies and at­tended the disco. The neigh­bours have been very sup­port­ive.”

A coun­cil spokesper­son says the noise con­trol of­fi­cer found the sound ex­ces­sive and asked the kindy to turn it down.

“There was a DJ with speak­ers, as well as an MC who was au­di­ble above the mu­sic and it could be heard from two doors down.”

Mean­while, the story has hit the head­lines as far away as Canada and the kindy is en­joy­ing its 15 min­utes of fame.

“Ev­ery­one is hav­ing fun with it,” says Ms Pritt-Gor­don.

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