December 8 2013 Latest news:
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
A prestigious north Norfolk wedding venue has been given a permanent music and alcohol licence, despite objections from a host of villagers.
But Chaucer Barn at Gresham, near Sheringham, did not get all of its wishes granted by North Norfolk District Council’s licensing submittee.
Instead of being able to sell alcohol from 12 noon to 2am Monday to Sunday, the permitted hours will be 2pm-midnight Sunday-Thursday and 2pm-1am Fridays and Saturdays.
Playing of recorded music will be allowed during the same hours as alcohol sales, not 2pm-2am every day as requested. And live music will be allowed between 2pm-11pm each day - not 2pm-2am.
Objector John Rodwell said: “One gets the impression that the business is doing rather well. If it ain’t broke, why change it?”
Another neighbour, Nick Turner, said: “How can nuisance and noise be prevented? We’ve experienced noisy team games, fireworks, Chinese lanterns that have set fire to the tops of our trees, loud music twice until 9am on Sundays, stunt aircraft flying 100ft over our home and car doors slamming.”
Owner James Mermagen said all events were “stringently policed” by staff, and added: “We try to be very sensitive to people’s concerns and want to get on with our neighbours.”