The Millstone Inn in Stamford calls for support after noise complaints

Manager Dave Young and owner Richard Wycherley outside the Millstone Inn
Manager Dave Young and owner Richard Wycherley outside the Millstone Inn
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A PUB in Stamford is calling for the support of the community amid fears it may lose its licence as an outdoor music premises.

The Millstone Inn, in All Saints Street, reopened after refurbishment work in April under Kind Bars Ltd and held four music events in its garden area during the summer.

But the venue is now due before a licencing committee on September 21 after a six people complained about the level of noise at the premises to South Kesteven District Council.

Owner Richard Wycherley is hoping people will back the pub ahead of the decision later this month.

He said: “It will be a shame to lose the licence when there is no other venue like this in Stamford.

“For the amount of positive feedback we’ve had, we really haven’t had that many complaints. We’re still working out our potential as a venue and it would be a loss if we were not able to use the garden for entertainment.

“I would like to apologise to anyone who has been disturbed but we’re trying to build a rapport with locals and promote local DJs and musicians. We would really appreciate it if people showed their support for us.”

Richard and manager Dave Young say they have listened to residents who have complained directly to them, and have given out their mobile numbers to try and work with them on the noise problem.

Dave added: “It’s very frustrating for us because we want to work with people.

“We’ve got a lot of plans for entertainment at the pub and it will be a shame for everyone in the town if they can’t go ahead because we lose our licence.”

South Kesteven District Council has received complaints from six different residents about the volume levels of music at the venue. The council’s environmental protection team asked a licencing committee to review the pub’s licence following the complaints.

The Mercury has also received letters from readers who are not happy about the noise at the pub.

In a letter published in the Mercury on July 13, following the pub’s Rock the Garden festival, Alan Baxter, of St Peter’s Hill, Stamford, wrote: “What I object to is very, very loud music being played in the centre of Stamford to the annoyance of many people who are forced to listen to it. If someone wants to put on an event or reception, play loud music and have a good time that’s absolutely fine. But a venue should be chosen where no annoyance to others will be cause.”