Pub hopes the show will go on

Pete Williams
Pete Williams
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The owner of a Spalding pub at the centre of a dispute of noise levels is “optimistic” following talks with the council.

Pete Williams, of The Punchbowl in Spalding, met with South Holland District Council, along with his solicitor, for talks regarding a noise abatement order he received.

The order would mean that the Punchbowl would no longer be able to put on its regular Sunday afternoon live music events, which lead to over 2,000 people signing a petition to save the weekly event.

Following the meeting Pete said: “We’ve had a really productive meeting with South Holland District Council and we have decided that we are going to work together to resolve any issues both parties have.

“I’m very optimistic about the future.”

Due to damage caused by storms over the weekend, the Sunday event moved indoors at the pub.

Pete said: “We could potentially keep the bands indoors on a Sunday and just continue to use outside for people to have a smoke or a chat.

“It really did work on Sunday – people were having a great time.

“It’s something we never thought of doing, but maybe it’s a blessing after thinking that what we were going through was the end of the world.

“I think what has happened over the past few weeks with us has actually helped the town, as it appears to have been binding people together – the support has been great.”

A spokesperson from South Holland District Council said: “Our decision to serve a noise abatement notice was made after being contacted by a resident who had complaints about noise levels from the premises.

“Our officers investigated the matter and, after careful consideration, decided to issue the notice.

“Our officers met with Mr Williams with regards to the order served on the Punchbowl and discussions are ongoing.”

This Sunday, reggae and ska tribute band Zeb Roots will be peforming at The Punchbowl as part of the live entertainment afternoon which starts at 4pm and finishes at 7pm.