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Village pub’s live music event ‘will drive me out of my home’

PUBLISHED: 13:06 17 July 2014 | UPDATED: 13:06 17 July 2014

John Meaker says a planned music event for a pub in Martham will be so loud he and his wife won't be able to stay in their own home.

Picture: James Bass

John Meaker says a planned music event for a pub in Martham will be so loud he and his wife won't be able to stay in their own home. Picture: James Bass

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A retired Martham resident has hit out at a village pub for hosting a music event which he claims will be so loud it will drive him out of his home.

John Meaker said the weekend of live music at the Victoria Inn will leave him and fellow neighbours subjected to a “barrage of noise” making it impossible for them to enjoy their gardens - and will even have an impact indoors.

But pub landlord Darren Howlett said the August bank holiday happening, now in its third year, was good for Martham, bringing hundreds of people into the village and he had not received complaints in previous years.

Mr Meaker, 67, who has lived in Black Street for 20 years, said: “They had one or two events like this last year. They had one where we just had to leave, we spent the weekend away because we just couldn’t spend the time in the garden or in the house because of the noise.

“It’s a deluge of noise.”

The retired salesman and dad-of-two added that he did not object to the inn holding events but felt the one planned for August, set to feature several bands, was “inappropriate”.

“The size of it and where it is, that’s the issue,” he said.

The weekend of live music is set to feature a host of bands, some travelling from as far away as Wales, as well as acoustic acts.

Mr Howlett, who has run the Repps Road pub for just under four years, said the borough and parish council had given their approval for the event, and a professional sound man would be keeping an ear on the levels.

“He knows the limits and knows not to go OTT about it,” the landlord added. “The environmental health [department] have been in touch with us and instead of going until 10.30pm on Sunday, we will shut down at 10pm. There’s no problem with that.”

Mr Howlett said he did not want to upset anyone with the event did not feel it was overly noisy.

“I don’t feel it’s excessively loud, it just depends which way the wind’s blowing,” he added. “At the end of the day it’s all good for the community, it brings people to the village.”

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