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Investigation into noise at Sowerby pub concludes
6:15pm Wednesday 20th February 2013 in News
A PUB landlady says she is happy a compromise has been reached after a complaint about noise sparked a review of its entertainment licence.
Hambleton District Council decided to modify the premises licence for the Crown and Anchor pub in Sowerby, near Thirsk, after a resident raised concerns about noise levels from live bands.
A report by the council’s environmental health department concluded the pub was “failing to prevent public nuisance” as nearby residential properties were being exposed to “unacceptable levels of noise” from live bands at the premises.
But the review caused many villagers to rally to the pub’s defence, fearing it could potentially jeopardise its future. About 170 people signed a petition calling on the council to maintain the Crown and Anchor’s music licence and at least half a dozen letters and emails were sent in support of the pub.
Now Hambleton District Council has amended its premises licence to allow a maximum of 24 events to take place a year, as opposed to 28, and required the pub to install a noise-limiting device.
Sowerby district councillor Peter Bardon said: "There had been a complaint about noise from the premises and it had been monitored by Hambleton and licensing panel decided the way forward was for the licensee to install a volume box, one of these things where you can alter the level to be agreed with a sound engineer and Hambleton council.
"If the noise level goes to a particular pitch the whole thing closes down.”
Pub licensee Layla Weston said she felt the licensing panel had come to a sensible conclusion.