Norwich pub in danger of losing its licence

A city pub is in danger of having its licence revoked after people living nearby complained about noise coming from the venue.

The Edith Cavell pub in Norwich's historic Tombland area is to undergo a review of its premises licence by Norwich City Council's licensing team.

The review comes after the Enterprise Inns-owned pub, which is currently closed, received complaints about noise coming from the venue both during the week and at weekends.

In recent months the pub has hosted indie music nights on a Friday while on Saturdays a selection of DJs have played music there until 1am.

Paul Binski, who lives on nearby Princes Street, wrote to the council to complain about the amplified music played from the premises which could be heard clearly from his home and was causing 'distress and loss of sleep'.

He said the situation was made worse by the glass-fronted nature of the property and the fact that at least one door is left open for smokers.

Mr Binski said he kept an informal log of the noise nuisance between March and early July, while between 9pm and 1am on the October 16/17, three calls were made to the council's out-of-hours number to make complaints.

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The police were also called twice, the second time at about 1.15am, at least 15 minutes after the premises' licence allows it to play amplified or recorded music. He added: 'We think the licence is unsuitable for a property of this physical type.'

Hannah and Remy Aquarone, of the Tombland Alley Residents' Group, also complained about the noise. The couple, from Princes Street, said 'extremely loud music' had been played at the premises, the level of which had made 'sleeping impossible'.

A notice which has been attached to the front door of the pub explains that it is subject to an application for a review of its premises licence under the Licensing Act 2003. The notice states the grounds for the application are 'the prevention of public nuisance – noise disturbance from live and amplified music'. Anyone who wishes to comment on the application can write to the licensing team at Norwich City Council, City Hall, Norwich, by December 9.

When it meets to consider the application the city council's licensing sub committee will have the power to modify the conditions of the licence, including reducing hours of opening, stopping the playing of music and suspending or revoking the licence.

The pub, which closed suddenly in March, reopened in April this year with a new manager, Lynsey Drewitt, at the helm.

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