LATE-NIGHT LICENCE SEPTEMBER 1st UPDATE...
A letter was sent to the District Council...."There are some very puzzled people in Chipping Norton. After negative comments from your own Environmental Health Service, 14 individual letters of objection (with 11 further endorsements), an objection from District Cllr Coles, a strong objection from the Chipping Norton Town Council and the personal attendance at the Committee meeting of a local objector , the licence extension was granted - with no explanation as to why the significant worries of local residents were apparently ignored. It would be helpful - in the cause of clear communication - if somebody could explain the thinking behind this decision".
A reply from the Head of Legal Services (no less) contained the following....."The Applicant was aware of the concerns regarding the proposed variation and indicated that it was not his intention to play loud music nor to cause disturbance. He further indicated that he was willing to see further conditions placed on his licence and to work with the Council's Environmental Health officers to monitor noise emissions. As the application did not include an application for renewal and as the licence was due to fall for renewal within a very short period of time, the Sub Committee decided, subject to the conditions imposed, to allow the variation for the remainder of the existing licence. The primary purpose of this was, in effect, to allow a trial period during which the effects of the variation could be monitored and assessed. Officers are undertaking this work and you may be contacted by them during their investigations. The results of the monitoring exercise will form part of the Environmental Health Officer's comments in the report to the Licensing Sub Committee which in due course considers an application for renewal".
On Friday 29th August at 11pm two Council Environmental Health officers turned up to carry out their noise monitoring. There was no function at the pub, no crowd and no music. The windows were firmly shut and the curtains drawn. So at 11.30pm the officers asked the landlord to turn on the music inside the pub - at the level he proposed to play it in the future - so that they could carry out their sound test. (I am not kidding about this!) Not surprisingly there was no problem. Oh and between 11pm and 11.45pm (when I went off to bed) a police patrol car circled the area and passed the pub at least a dozen times - something never seen before in West Street. So there was no rowdyism on the street either. Local residents described it as the quietest Friday night in months! What kind of test was this and just who is kidding who
Please read a reply to this by VIV MORRIS (Landlord of The Kings Arms) in the . And please contribute your own views.