Outdoor music fears at refurbished pub

PUBLISHED: 12:50 19 July 2015

Pint Beer Glass on White

Pint Beer Glass on White

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There are concerns that outdoor music into the small hours at a refurbished town centre pub is ‘intrusive’ to residents, writes David Beasley.

On Monday, town councillors backed extending licensing hours for the Oddfellows Pub - formerly The Heavitree - at the top of High Street.

The owners of the pub have asked for an extension of licensing hours by an hour.

If rubberstamped by district bosses, the new hours would be until 1.30am on Wednesdays and Thursdays and 2.30am on Fridays and Saturdays.

However, councillors were shocked to find that the pub was licensed to play ‘recorded or live music’ outdoors until 2am over the weekend.

The pub has an outside area with a large TV screen.

Councillor Tim Dumper said: “I think music and outdoor films going on well after midnight outdoors does sound a little bit intrusive.”

Councillor Tony Hill said: “My greatest concern is not the licensing hours, but it is the external live or recorded music.

“It’s the town centre.”

Planning chairman Lynne Elson said: “The majority of licensed premises in the Exmouth area close at 3am, so 2.30am is in line.

“The district council says that because a precedent is set at 3am, it would struggle to reverse that.”

She added: “They are already licensed for outdoor music and we can’t change that.

“The police agreed with the time in the first place.”


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