The landlord of a Plymouth pub has been ordered to pay £975 by Plymouth Magistrates for allowing a DJ to play music beyond the time permitted by its premises licence and for playing recorded music at such a level it could be heard outside
The designated premises supervisor Darren Luxton of the Windmill Public House, Thurlestone Walk pleaded guilty to carrying out a licensable activity without holding the correct licence and was fined £450 (reduced from £675 for an early plea). He was also ordered to pay £480 towards prosecution costs and a victim surcharge of £45.
Magistrates heard that on evening of 2 June, local residents called the Council’s environmental health officers after being disturbed by the music from the Windmill Public House.
The officers visited the car park of the public house in the early hours of 3 June and heard music from the Windmill 21 metres away. Under the conditions of his licence, recorded music can only be played at a background level after 11pm.
The Council officers had already sent three warning letters to the business advising of noise complaints and alleged breaches of their licence by playing music beyond the licenced hours in the previous 12 months.
In his defence he told the court he had run the pub for 15 years and this was the first time before the court in relation to the pub He added it is a community pub and has many teams which raise money for charities.
Councillor Riley, Cabinet Member for Licensing said: “This pub is surrounded by homes. It is important that the business runs without causing nuisance. We want to support our businesses but we take firm action against those who do not abide by their licence.”