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Pub licence hearing is postponed
7:30am Saturday 17th August 2013 in News
A CITY centre pub was due to have its licence reviewed over complaints about noise – but a problem with paperwork caused the hearing to be cancelled.
The Wheatsheaf pub, in New Street, was meant to be the subject of a council hearing on Tuesday which could have potentially revoked or suspended its premises licence.
A complaint had been lodged by David Adams, the director of the Victoria Court Residents’ Association, over loud noise at a recent event.
He said in a submission to the council that many nearby residents had been disturbed by music at a rock event on June 22.
He wrote: “The sound reverberated from Victoria Court to Havencourt, a residential home for the elderly, I went over there to see just how loud it was. It was really intrusive.
“Havencourt has many frail, ill and housebound residents and they should be entitled to some respect and consideration and not be bombarded with rock music until the early hours.”
He added: “We don’t want the Wheatsheaf closed down.
“We all understand these are hard times, community wise the “pub should be the hub” but clearly by holding this type of event, the current owners or landlord is set to make some times unbearable for the hundreds of close residents, council tax payers, for a little extra cash.”
Mr Adams declined to comment further when contacted by the Weekly News, saying the hearing had been cancelled because of the council.
A spokesman for Chelmsford Council said: “The applicant calling for the review did not follow the set procedures.
“We are in contact with the applicant to address the concerns or any future review.”
A spokeswoman for the pub’s owner Punch Taverns said: “It is always our priority that our pubs provide safe and welcoming environments for responsible adults to enjoy good drink, food and entertainment.
“We are working closely with all parties involved to resolve any issues raised by the residents association.”
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