Town pub given ‘wake-up call’ over loud music

Punchbowl landord and licensee Pete Williams called South Holland Licensing Authority's decision to allow the pub to open longer over the Christmas period a "wake-up call".  Photo by Tim Wilson.
Punchbowl landord and licensee Pete Williams called South Holland Licensing Authority's decision to allow the pub to open longer over the Christmas period a "wake-up call". Photo by Tim Wilson.
  • Punchbowl gets extended hours go-ahead for Christmas - with conditions

The landlord of a Spalding pub has called his success in being able to stay open longer for seven days this month a “wake-up call”.

Pete Williams, landlord of the Punchbowl, got the go-ahead for a two-hour extension to opening hours on December 13, 20, 21 and 24 to 27 at a council hearing on Friday.

I’m over the moon because we’ve never had a problem with TENs before and I’ve spoken to the councillor for the area who said he’s never had a complaint about us

Pete Williams, landlord and licensee of the Punchbowl, Spalding

They were granted by South Holland District Council’s licensing authority, by way of temporary event notices (TENs), despite objections from its environmental health team over complaints of “excessive” noise from the pub.

Lead environmental protection officer Steve Branson said: “There had been previous discussions with Mr Williams prior to this hearing about issues of excessive noise.

“We monitored sound recordings on October 23 and two weeks ago, Mr Williams came into our office to listen to them. It was then that we told Mr Williams that we wouldn’t be able to support him in the extension of hours as it hadn’t been demonstrated that the amplification of sound had been controlled.”

But after presenting evidence of steps taken to reduce noise levels, Mr Williams said: “I’m over the moon because we’ve never had a problem with TENs before and I’ve spoken to the councillor for the area who said he’s never had a complaint about us.

“But it’s been a wake-up call to be honest and the obvious thing for me is I can’t mess these TENs up.”

The licensing panel gave its ruling after considering evidence from environmental health officers and Pete Williams, landlord and licensee of the Punchbowl.

Conditions on which the pub can stay open longer include tighter control of noise levels so as not to upset people living nearby and a ban on customers entering the Punchbowl after 12.30am on the days in question.

Coun Angela Harrison, chairman of the licensing committee, said: “The panel looked at all the written and verbal evidence presented, including efforts made by the premises license holder to address previous issues.

“We decided that by imposing conditions on the temporary event notices, our licensing objectives can be promoted.

“As a council, we encourage all premises to trade responsibly.”

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