Worstead pub the White Lady is facing curb on music events
- Credit: Maurice Gray
Excessive noise from music events at a village pub in Worstead could see its premises licence severely restricted.
Complaints from villagers about the White Lady, in Worstead, 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 has to spend money and quit the village until it is over. North Norfolk District Council's (NNDC) licensing sub-committee members will review the pub's premises licence on January 20.
The council's environmental protection team believes the pub is not suitable for multiple outdoor live music events.
In a report to the sub-committee the team says: 'Their uncontrolled continuation would cause a significant public health nuisance'.
It is inviting members to limit the times the pub can host outdoor amplified music to the three-day Worstead Festival weekend, and for up to four hours at no more than four weddings and celebrations a year, ending by 11pm. The team also wants members to consider the effects on neighbours of music inside the pub, following a complaint.
On July 9 last year a noise abatement notice was served on owner and landlord Dennis Gilligan, banning amplified music at the White Lady.
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The crackdown followed the two-day charity outdoor Titchfest the previous month when the council said music had been played too loud, there had been breaches of finish times, and abusive language was used over the PA system.
After a meeting, the ban was lifted in time for July's Worstead Festival, with strict conditions about volume. Although not part of the festival, the pub hosted a number of bands over the weekend.
But the sub-committee report says environmental protection officers monitored festival weekend music at the pub and found noise levels were still 'excessive'.
In a statement one complainant, Rose Pacey, whose home shares a boundary with the pub, said: 'When the music from the festivals start, you can feel the noise radiating throughout your body, it is so loud.
'You cannot even talk.'
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