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John Gregory publicans to leave after noise row
A FRUSTRATED Weymouth pub manager claims he has been forced out because of constant noise complaints.
Cristian and Beatrise Neagu, managers of the John Gregory pub in Weymouth for over two years, are hosting their farewell party at the pub tonight but were issued an abatement order by Weymouth and Portland Borough Council yesterday.
Mr Neagu said the abatement order follows long disputes with neighbours which he has ‘done everything’ in his power to fix.
He added: “I’m devastated and so fed up with the noise complaints that it has forced us to leave the pub and Weymouth. Even at my own farewell gig, where popular bands The Dolmen and D’State were playing, I have cancelled live music because I know that it will be followed with constant complaints.
“I even got a music level limiter enforced by the council, which shuts off the power once music levels get too high.
“I like to run my business in peace but every weekend I get complaints. I can’t run it like this and am made to feel like a criminal.”
The abatement order does not ban live music unless it is played at a level which causes a nuisance at residential properties nearby. Dolmen singer Talloch Jameson, 54, said: “Cristian has tried everything he can; for example the sound limiter has been lowered to 95 decibels when a normal built- up area has a limiter level of 110 decibels.”
Debby Rose, secretary of the Southill Preservation Society, said: “When the pub was shut people were complaining then too, it seems Cristian can’t win.
“It’s a sad thing if they are being driven out by complaints as they’ve done a fantastic job with the pub.”
One Southill resident, who did not wish to be named, said locals will miss them and wish them luck.
'DUTY TO INVESTIGATE'
Borough councillor Geoff Petherick said: “The borough council has a duty to investigate noise complaints. An abatement notice was served following complaints about loud music over a lengthy period.
“We have been trying to work with the pub landlord, the pub’s owner Punch Taverns and the complainants to resolve the situation. We have advised the landlord that the proposed entertainment can continue, as long as music is not played at a level which causes a nuisance at nearby residential properties.”
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