Council says there is no ban on live music at Kettering pub

The Cherry Tree pub in Kettering town centre
The Cherry Tree pub in Kettering town centre

A council says it has not banned music at a Kettering pub but has merely asked it to switch the volume down.

Kettering Borough Council says it has received complaints from people who live near the Cherry Tree, just off the town’s Market Place, about noise levels from the pub.

A petition was launched earlier this week to protest against what was said to be a blanket ban on live music at the pub. The petition had beaten its target and received almost 1,300 signatures by this morning (Friday, June 20).

However, Kettering Council says it has only served a noise abatement notice, which requires the pub to reduce the volume of all music – not to stop hosting live music.

The authority’s Environmental Health team has advised the Premises Licence Holder and pub staff on how to abide by the order. Provided noise levels are reduced, a council spokesman has said, there is no reason why live music events cannot continue.

The spokersman added: “Kettering Borough Council remains committed to the importance of live music, promotion of local bands and the overall diversity of the night-time economy.

“Nonetheless, it has a legal duty to respond to complaints of noise nuisance and, where necessary, serve Noise Abatement Notices.”

Cllr Mark Dearing, Portfolio Holder for Environment at Kettering Borough Council, added: “The Council’s Environmental Health officers do not want to stop people from enjoying themselves.

“However, the officers will take the appropriate action when excessive music volume is persistent and having a harmful effect on other people in the neighbourhood, particularly when advice has been given but not taken.

“All we ever ask as a council is that consideration should be given to others.”