‘Noisy’ pub’s licence review is on hold

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LICENSEES of The Anchor Inn at Sutton Bridge must turn down the volume while they find a permanent solution to stop loud music reaching their neighbours’ ears, a licensing panel has decided.

Music from the pub is played so loudly that words to songs can clearly be heard inside neighbouring homes even when residents close windows and doors.

At a hearing on Monday, publicans Jamie and Robert Hook pledged to hire a noise consultancy firm to solve problems for good at the Bridge Road premises.

The licensing panel adjourned a licence review hearing for 28 days to allow time for consultants to make recommendations.

But panel chairman Angela Harrison warned the publicans that monitoring will continue – and “any further breaches of the licence will be taken very seriously at the next hearing”.

South Holland District Council’s environmental health officers started receiving complaints last August.

Monitoring equipment was set up inside a home 40 metres from the pub – and the Hooks were served with an abatement notice on September 7.

The notice was explained to the business partners the following day, but only two days later the volume was turned up again.

Richard Boole, council team leader for safety and environment, said monitoring equipment was installed in the complainant’s property again on September 10 and an officer visited as a witness.

Mr Boole continued: “The volume was such that words to familiar songs were clearly distinguishable and the drums and bass were loud.

“The music was clearly audible in the garden and inside the house with windows and doors closed.

“The noise was audible in all rooms in the house and was worse in the upstairs bedroom where it was considered to be such that it would hinder sleep.”

The council and licensees negotiated noise reduction measures in November, but there were more complaints in December.

In a written report to the licensing committee, Mr Boole said: “In our view, entertainment using amplified sound at the premises is not being managed in accordance with their licensing conditions.”

The hearing also had a letter from residents at a Bridge Road address saying they opposed the granting of a licence to the pub as they had “continually been disturbed by the terrible noise of the music and people and their drunken raucous behaviour since August 2011”.