A pub landlord is fighting against a review of his premises licence that he believes is unfair.
The review of the Georges’ licence was called in by town councillor Kit Owen, who said he was contacted by nearby residents complaining of noise.
But landlord Nigel Marsh does not believe the noise can just be attributed to his premises, as he is on the High Street near other licensed premises.
“This is about general noise and disturbance in the High Street,” Mr Marsh said. “It seems to me that the councillor is pinning all the problems onto the pub.”
Cllr Owen said he has no personal vendetta against Mr Marsh and there was “no malice” in calling for the review.
“People have expressed their concerns to me. I have a duty as a councillor to represent people who feel something should be done,” Cllr Owen said.
Cllr Owen stated five episodes of noise between October 4 and October 12, including loud music and bass, shouting in the beer garden and loud singing.
Georges is fast gaining a reputation for live music in Fenland and regularly has bands playing at the venue. Following noise complaints earlier in the year, Mr Marsh installed triple glazing in the pub and started a ‘polite policy’ which includes asking people to use the rear beer garden instead of the front after a certain time.
The licence review has sparked fierce debate on social media, with many people backing Mr Marsh and praising his efforts to restore the pub into a family venue, as well as the numerous charity events that have been held there.