City man’s house gigs get Holyrood reprieve

Douglas Robertson with his pet dog. He will be able to restart his gigs after a government reprieve. Picture: Phil Wilkinson

Douglas Robertson with his pet dog. He will be able to restart his gigs after a government reprieve. Picture: Phil Wilkinson

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A MUSIC lover who was banned from hosting concerts in his flat has been told by the Scottish government that the bands can play on.

Douglas Robertson has held hundreds of free underground gigs in his Edinburgh apartment in Royal Park Terrace with up to 50 revellers attending each one.

However, officials at Edinburgh City Council pulled the plug on his Sound House venture last year because of claims the noise levels were disturbing neighbours and it breached the flat’s residential status.

Photographer Douglas, 59, applied for a Certificate of Lawfulness to allow him to keep holding the music nights but it was turned down by the local authority.

However, he appealed to the Scottish Ministers in a bid to overturn the ban after he was served with an enforcement notice.

They have now told him that the gigs can continue as long as they are not held frequently, the numbers attending are reduced and the noise levels don’t disturb neighbours.

Today Douglas said he was delighted that common sense had prevailed.