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Croydon Council have said there are no plans to review a Purley pub’s music licence after a “series of complaints” over noise because they have not done anything wrong.

A petition was recently set up on the website www.change.org to show support for the continuation of live music at The Jolly Farmers after several complaints from a neighbour.

The petition, set up by pub manager David Jones, suggested the venue’s music licence was under threat but he has explained that it was set up because he feared the council was considering reviewing it.

However, a Croydon Council spokeswoman said officers had visited the pun on several occasions following complaints but found no evidence that any of the conditions of its licence were being breached.

The petition has gained over 2,000 signatures.

Mr Jones said: “The building is listed so there is only so much we can do to it. We can’t insulate the walls but the building is so old they are really thick anyway.

“We are having 5mm [pieces of] plastic put on the windows to try and reduce sound [outside] and will also be putting plastic roofing over the area out the back.”

 

The independent venue, owned by Manish and Trushna Patel from Croydon, has been running for over 40 years and live music is what it is known for.

The 150-capacity pub hosts a quiz on a Thursday night with bands playing on Fridays and Saturdays and also has a ‘Jam Night’ on Sundays.

Mr Jones said there are plans to have regular comedy nights there after comedian Reginald D. Hunter filmed a short skit there. But was concerned that continued complaints could threaten those plans as well as their existing live music schedule.

He said: “I think the venue would be great for a comedy night, especially as there aren’t really any comedy clubs around here. It would be a shame to have to put those plans on hold because of a noise complaint.”

A council spokeswoman said: “The noise pollution team has received some complaints from local residents, mainly relating to a community day on August 28 where there was live music in the car park.

“Noise team officers visited The Jolly Farmers on this and other occasions in response to complaints but found no evidence that they were breaching conditions of their premises license.”

The petition can be found here.
Source: Croyden Advertiser 3rd Oct 2016. To read the article, click here.