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Old Town pub music no fun for residents

December 7, 2017 3:41 PM
In Leigh & West Leigh Focus Oct/Nov 2017

Old Town pub music no fun for residents

Summer in the Old Town is enlivened by a succession of musical events at the pubs. But while visitors can listen, have an enjoyable time and then walk away, the residents of New Road and on the hill behind cannot.

They are listening to it most of the day and into the late evening, sometimes on both days of the weekends. If two or more pubs have amplified music outside they seem to compete with each other and the noise gets worse.

So Councillors Peter Wexham and Carole Mulroney, working with Council Licensing Officers, attended a residents' meeting where both Council and police explained what they can and cannot do under the law. Residents were able to have their say about the effect on their lives during a hot summer's day when they cannot open their doors and windows because of the noise.

No one is trying to stop people enjoying themselves but there has to be some control and consideration of those living in the area. The volume needs to be kept at an acceptable level. Officers have been working with the pubs again to try and find a compromise. As a result there seems to have been some improvement with fewer complaints this summer. But we must continue to be vigilant. Residents can lodge complaints by phoning 21500 and, if an officer is not available, select option 3 and leave their complaint by voicemail so that it is logged on the Council's system.

And the plea to the pubs to avoid all this is: turn the volume down!

This story was originally published in our Leigh & West Leigh Focus Oct/Nov 2017

Leigh & West Leigh Focus Oct/Nov 2017