Worstead pub the White Lady has seen its music events restricted

The White Lady in Worstead.

The White Lady in Worstead. - Credit: Archant

Excessive noise from music at a village pub has seen its premises license severely restricted.

White Lady, Worstead, pub sign

White Lady, Worstead, pub sign - Credit: Archant

It comes following a review of the White Lady, in Worstead from North Norfolk District Council's (NNDC) licensing sub-committee, which was agreed at a meeting yesterday.

Complaints from villagers about the pub date back to April 2013.

One neighbour says loud live rock and punk music in the pub's grounds at events including festivals and weddings is so intolerable that she is forced to spend money and quit the village until it is over.

The council's environmental protection team believes the pub is not suitable for multiple outdoor live music events.

The White Lady owner, Dennis Gilligan.

The White Lady owner, Dennis Gilligan. - Credit: Archant


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In a report to the sub-committee the team says: 'their uncontrolled continuation would cause a significant public health nuisance.'

The conditions set out in the new premises license agreement will limit the times the pub can host outdoor amplified music to the three-day Worstead Festival weekend. It also limits the pub to only holding four celebrations and weddings a year, for up to four hours and ending at 11pm.

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The owner of the pub, Dennis Gilligan, was not happy with the decision. He said: 'The level playing field is still not there and I don't think it has been resolved at all. We are going to consider appealing the decision.

'The Worstead Festival is allowed to play loud music, and the decibel will be far in excess of what we are asked to obtain. But because they have not received any complaints, their sound levels won't get monitored.'

In a statement read out at the meeting, one complainant, Rose Pacey, describes the impact on her life.

'When the music from the festivals start, you can feel the noise radiating throughout your body, it is so loud. You cannot even talk,' said Mrs Pacey, whose home shares a boundary with the pub.

She said she moved out of the village when live music events were taking place because she could not sleep, read, or watch TV and could hear lyrics inside her home with the doors and windows shut.

She concluded: 'I want the invasion of my home to stop.'

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