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