Neighbours vowing to fight grant of licence

NEIGHBOURS objecting to a new premises licence granted to a Lutton Garnsgate couple may take their fight to court.

Brendan and Caroline Hyden, of Garnsgate Hall, won consent to open their bed and breakfast for weddings and private functions – with a marquee outside – as well as serve alcohol to their visiting guests and B&B residents.

A panel of the licensing authority committee granted the application at a hearing yesterday but imposed conditions including limiting the number of functions to 15 each year and restricting numbers of guests at them to a figure yet to be advised by the fire authority.

Neighbours Ian King, John Fox and John Bell spoke in turn about their objections, which include noise nuisance from music played at functions up to 2am, increased traffic danger at the junction of the A17 and Lutton Garnsgate and the narrowness and lack of lighting on Lutton Garnsgate itself.

Afterwards, the three said they were considering an appeal.

But Mrs Hyden told the Free Press: “I just hope that we have reached an agreement that satisfies both parties, our neighbours basically. I don’t want them to still be upset.”

Earlier Mr King told the hearing he had lived in Lutton Garnsgate for 30 years and it’s such a peaceful spot that noise travels great distances.

He said: “We can hear discos in the centre of Long Sutton, which is probably only a mile away, and I am only 200 yards away from where Mr Hyden is going to have his functions.

“I have no objections to anything that goes on inside the house.”

Speaking for the Hydens, solicitor Steve McGregor told the hearing: “They don’t wish in any way, shape or form to be bad neighbours.”