650th birth­day bash si­lenced by pub neigh­bours

Birmingham Post - - NEWS - Ash­ley Preece Staff Re­porter

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.

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