NEIGHBOUR OBJECTS AS VECTIS TAVERN APPLIES FOR LATE NIGHT MUSIC LICENCE

A Cowes pub is asking to extend the hours music can play at night — but one local resident says the music is so loud they cannot sleep.

Due to be determined at a meeting of the Isle of Wight Council’s Licensing sub-committee meeting on 14th June, the Vectis Tavern on Cowes High Street, near the Red Jet Terminal, is applying to play music until 01.30 most nights.

Currently, the establishment is permitted to play music, or have live performances, until midnight between Monday and Saturday, 23:00 on Sundays and 01:00 on Christmas Eve and Boxing Day.

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The Tavern, however, is allowed to stay open until 02:30 between Monday and Saturday and 00:30 on Sundays.

Now to ‘allow flexibility within the already existent opening times’, music could be played at the tavern until 01:30 Monday to Saturday and 02:00 on Christmas Eve, Boxing Day, and New Year’s Eve.

In their application, the Vectis Tavern says they have always taken a hard-line approach to ensure they are compliant with their license and proactive in upholding their responsibilities but will continue to be vigilant.

The council’s environmental health officer said they were not opposed to the idea of the licence variation but had reservations about its impact on neighbouring residents.

A noise management plan submitted by the Tavern, however, allayed fears and officers were happy with plans. In the plan, the Tavern said it did not intend to increase noise levels and would not allow the changes to impact the environment around it.

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A nearby resident, however, objected to the licence variation stating the music is so loud they cannot sleep. They also said large groups of people outside, late at night, display anti-social behaviour.

In response to the objection, the Tavern said they cannot be held responsible for the noise of groups leaving other establishments on the High Street but they do have a strict noise and crowd dispersal policy in place.

They said it is not their intention to play music every night ‘until all hours of the morning’ but “the High Street is in the heart of the town and therefore does not lend itself to a quiet residential location, by default.”

The council’s licensing department is looking on the application favourably, saying conditions attached to the existing licence already place a duty on the Tavern to comply to multiple noise control condition and actions in the noise management plan ‘comprehensively’ address potential sources of noise breakout.

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The decision, however, will ultimately be made by the sub-committee.

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Lee
Lee
9 days ago

If you’re going to live in these areas where music and late night activities are the norm, then yes it’s going to be noisy.
It reminds me of the couple that moved in to a cottage next to a 360 acre farm then complained about the animals, smells and late night harvesting…Stupid or what!!

Fred
Fred
Reply to  Lee
8 days ago

Problem is that when they moved in the pubs closed at 10:30 during the week. But now open all hours. Money over people.

MC hammer
MC hammer
Reply to  Fred
8 days ago

Problem? What problem? Maybe they should sue the brewery for not being able to predict the future,if you don’t like it, don’t live on a high street, why not bring in some sort of curfew after dark so no body can interfere with your precious sleep, you probably bought your properties at a very reasonable price because of this very reason! Let people enjoy there selves and stop moaning!

Islander born & bred
Islander born & bred
Reply to  MC hammer
8 days ago

Maybe someone should force something onto you that you don’t like and have no control over. See how you like it. Constant noise and disturbance have a detrimental effect on people’s mental health, nut no one cares about that as long as selfish pleasure seekers can be as loud and noisy as they like. And to expect people to just move away if they don’t like it, typical response! So they move and maybe then encounter the same thing again if noisy people move near them, so have to move again, so people just desperate for some peace and quiet have to be constantly moving, running scared in our society?

MC hammer
MC hammer
Reply to  Islander born & bred
8 days ago

Well,to start with I wouldn’t live next door to a pub! (unless the property was cheap)

ian johnson
ian johnson
Reply to  MC hammer
8 days ago

I cannot for the life of me see ANY circumstance that would make people drink until 2.30am. Utterly ridiculous. Purely about selling more alcohol; nothing else. DISGUSTING.

Jack in the Box
Jack in the Box
9 days ago

The pub will win as the licensing section of the council don’t give a stuff about local residents. I know because I live near a pub who’s landlord / landlady are so arrogant as to threaten locals. And when you inform the council you are asked to fill out a stupid form of the noise and then still nothing gets done.

Sunshine
Sunshine
Reply to  Jack in the Box
8 days ago

Don’t forget we have a new council now. Common sense will hopefully prevail….and the request will be rejected to extend the hours.

yes way
yes way
9 days ago

The elephant in the room – all these ‘local’ music venues are probably gonna have to open every window / door in their gaffs to comply with COVID need for ventilation. And of course noise travels!

But I’m sure the council officers have that covered right!

Fred
Fred
8 days ago

Been so quite and nice in my road with the pub closed. And our cars are no longer being messed with at night.

Sunshine
Sunshine
8 days ago

Ridiculous allowing any sort of music in the vacinity of residential properties. Was once a good old fashioned drinking only pub. Last orders were called and then closed at 11pm.
People need their sleep and they are entitled to do so. If the council allow the longer music license, I would appeal it.

rodney burt
rodney burt
8 days ago

Uffa Fox used to sing sea shanty”s late at night

Bird table
Bird table
8 days ago

I think i`d rather listen to late night music than the Mario Kart live orchestra of no exhaust pipe i have to listen to every night in Ryde. Actually orchestra is a bit strong, All thirty somethings without partners in their lives to play tunes with.

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