Owners pulled plug after noise complaint

Owners pulled plug after noise complaint

Caroline Davenport, left, and Elaine Gibson, right, and many other customers protest against the decision
Caroline Davenport, left, and Elaine Gibson, right, and many other customers protest against the decision

Hundreds of people are backing a bid to return live music to a Cockermouth pub.

The Fletcher Christian on Main Street has had no live entertainment for the last two weekends.
The pub’s owner, Craft Union Pub Company, decided to suspend such events after a complaint was made to Allerdale council about excessive noise.

The pub has been forced to cancel its planned entertainment, including bands scheduled to play over Easter weekend, while the company works to resolve the issue.

Regulars Caroline Davenport and Elaine Gibson were so concerned that they set up a petition calling for the return of live entertainment to the popular venue.

The petition, which was launched last week, has attracted more than 1,000 signatures and, Caroline said, has been backed but almost all the businesses on Main Street.

Caroline, who worked in the pub trade before retiring, said: “It’s an absolute travesty. This has been a music venue for a long time.

“It’s the only real place in town that does rock and blues and it’s got a huge following. It’s been like that for 20 years that I know of.”

Ahead of Easter, pub staff took to Facebook asking people to support the venue despite its problems, and people flocked to make it a good weekend.

Caroline, who worked in the pub trade for years, said: “People rallied round and it was absolutely fantastic. It was a bouncing weekend.

“That’s not sustainable though. Without the live music they’re not going to make enough revenue to stay open.

“We just hope the company takes notice and reinstates it as soon as possible. I don’t think they realise what it’s doing to the pub.

“If Fletcher’s was to close you might as well close Cockermouth, it’s that important.”

Elaine added: “We need it back. The town’s dying and we need something to bring life back into it.”

Leena Barua, another regular, said: “There aren’t many good venues for music left in Cockermouth now.”

An Allerdale council spokesman said: “Some concerns have been raised regarding the establishment meeting the conditions of the licence, so the licence holder has taken the decision to cease any live music until the issue is resolved.

“Our environmental health officers will work with The Fletcher Christian to ensure these conditions are met.”

A spokesman for Craft Union Pub Company said: “Following discussions with the local council, we took the decision to cease live entertainment at The Fletcher Christian pub for the foreseeable future.

“We are aware of the petition to reinstate live music at the venue and would like to reassure customers that we remain in contact with the council and hope to resolve the matter as soon as possible.”

Source: News & Star

Gosport bar owner fined £10,000 over ‘thudding’ noise complaints

Ben Bartrip outside of The Victualler.''Picture: Will Rooney

Ben Bartrip outside of The Victualler.”Picture: Will Rooney

Source: The News.

Ben Bartrip, owner of The Victualler Harbourside Bar & Restaurant in Royal Clarence Yard, Gosport, was this week found guilty. Magistrates fined him £1,000 for each charge, and ordered him to pay £6,026.25 prosecution costs to the council – as well as a £100 victim surcharge.

The news comes after Bartrip’s company 88 75 Ltd, of Weevil Lane, was fined £20,000 in December last year at Portsmouth Crown Court for failing to remove benches outside the venue. Portsmouth Magistrates’ Court this week heard how rock bands were playing live music at the venue that resulted in neighbours’ floors vibrating and words to songs being clearly audible from apartments nearby. A marquee had also been put up to stage events. Bartrip, 42, of Weevil Lane, Gosport, denied four charges failing to comply with noise abatement notices relating to August, October and November last year. Speaking to The News after the case, Bartrip said: ‘It is a huge blow and is a real same because this area could be a thriving site like Gunwharf Quays, but it feels like some people don’t want that to happen.’

Read more at: https://www.portsmouth.co.uk/news/crime/gosport-bar-owner-fined-10-000-over-thudding-noise-complaints-1-8389162