Late night music rethink

PUBLISHED: 06:17 18 May 2006 | UPDATED: 09:18 24 May 2010

VILLAGERS worried about noisy bands ruining their sleep can rest a little easier now that a pub has scaled back plans to play music late into the night. Landlords at The Swan Inn in Wedmore wanted permission to have live and recorded music until 1.30am on

VILLAGERS worried about noisy bands ruining their sleep can rest a little easier now that a pub has scaled back plans to play music late into the night.Landlords at The Swan Inn in Wedmore wanted permission to have live and recorded music until 1.30am on Friday and Saturday nights and until midnight on Sundays.But the landlords scaled back the proposals at the last minute, agreeing to a 12.30am music deadline on Fridays and Saturdays and 11pm on Sundays. A Sedgemoor District Council licensing officer said the pub's new owners, Keith and Lorraine Williams, changed their request to please neighbours.Punters could get to drink for an extra hour on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights under the upgraded licence and listen to music until 12.30am Monday to Thursday.Neighbours voiced their concern when the licensing application was submitted to Sedgemoor in March.At the time Councillor Muriel Welch told Wedmore Parish Council: "The Swan is central in the village and surrounded by homes and people are entitled to live in peace and quiet."When there's a function there with loud music, I have to switch on my TV or radio because of the thumping music."At a licensing panel hearing last week, a barrister for pub owner Punch Taverns made the last minute alteration and the three member panel granted the application unanimously.Licensing officer Nick Plumley said: "The applicants felt some of what they had requested wasn't necessary and would upset the residents unnecessarily."What it hinged on is the fact that the premises changed management recently and since then it has a very much changed outlook."Before it was a pub for drinkers and young people. Now its what I think the applicants described as very much a posh food pub. They have improved it dramatically."In terms of the objections people made, I think they were fearing a repeat of what the pub was like in the past, rather than doubting the integrity of the current manager.

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