Welwyn landlord backed over ‘too noisy’ pub
PUBLISHED: 17:00 08 September 2013 | UPDATED: 17:20 09 September 2013
A LANDLORD will remain the supervisor of his pub despite environmental health pushing for his removal.
The environmental health team at Welwyn Hatfield Council wanted Paul Lambrianou to lose control of The Tavern, in Welwyn, after an investigation into excess noise at the High Street pub.
A licensing sub-committee however found on Tuesday that Mr Lambrianou should remain as supervisor, but he was hit with a number of noise-reducing measures. But it rejected many of the restrictions proposed by the environmental health team.
Mr Lambrianou told the WHT after the meeting: “I take [the removal clause] as an utter insult quite frankly.
“Me and my missus have put our heart and soul into that place, we really have.
“It’s wrong, it is quite hurtful.”
The licensee must now restrict access to the beer garden after 10.30pm and Mr Lambrianou must patrol it to ensure punters behave.
A noise limiter must also be used to keep music levels down and a sound dampening fence must be installed.
The environmental health team’s case was laid out by Weronicka Schultz, who revealed there had been a string of complaints since Mr Lambrianou took over in 2011.
However, the majority of them came from just one neighbour.
She played “the most serious and intense” examples of the disturbances to the councillors.
Recordings of screaming, shouting and swearing made in June were played.
A complaint told the meeting she needed “peace and quiet” and did not need the “anxiety” of loud music played throughout the week.
Two other neighbours, however, spoke in favour of the landlord.
The brewery that owns the pub, McMullen & Sons, also stood behind Mr Lambrianou and said he had “turned The Tavern around”.
Steven Gill, commercial director of the firm, said: “Thirty pubs a week are closing in the UK, please understand that the measures [put forward] by the application would mean The Tavern would be one of them.
“This would deprive the community of what the majority class as an asset and if it did, it would result in the loss of jobs and deprive both central and local government of much needed tax income.”
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