650th birthday bash silenced by pub neighbours
BIRMINGHAM’S oldest pub has been forced to axe a major part of its 650th birthday celebrations after noise complaints.
The Old Crown in Digbeth has been told to cancel or move five of its upcoming big events, affecting plans for its 650th outdoor birthday bash.
Popular for its quirky outdoor beer garden, The Old Crown has offered refunds for ticketed events amid noise complaints from some nearby residents.
Old Crown bosses said: “We have recently received a complaint from the council’s environmental health department related to the increased noise from our big events, and the effect it’s having on our neighbours.
“We have therefore had to reconsider our plans for the birthday as any further complaints would have serious consequences on our business. We respect the council and love our neighbours, so we’re working with them both to find a solution.”
The historic pub, which is also a ten-bed B&B, had booked renowned BBC Radio 1 DJ Toddla T for an outdoor event on September 8 to mark its 650th birthday.
Another event scrapped included a quiz night and karaoke with actor Shaun Williams, who played Barry Evans from EastEnders.
It is the latest in a long line of noise wrangles involving residents who move to the lively inner-city area – and then complain about the volume from nearby businesses. Earlier this year, The Anchor pub in Digbeth was forced to temporarily close – and someone pinned a note on the door saying: “Thank God it’s silenced your horrible outdoor speakers”.
According to Birmingham City Council, environment officials can serve fines up to a maximum of £20,000 for commercial noise if someone is found guilty of failing to comply with a Noise Abatement Notice. Sound equipment could also be seized if the problem continues.