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Residents oppose music licence bid

PUBLISHED: 11:05 25 September 2008 | UPDATED: 21:20 05 July 2010

Enjoying a cool pint of beer and buying some specially selected wine does not sound like a controversial way to spend time in a sleepy seaside town.

But people living near the new Adnams Cellar and Kitchen store in Southwold are worried that a licence allowing for all-day live and recorded music will turn the shop into a noise nuisance.

Enjoying a cool pint of beer and buying some specially selected wine does not sound like a controversial way to spend time in a sleepy seaside town.

But people living near the new Adnams Cellar and Kitchen store in Southwold are worried that a licence allowing for all-day live and recorded music will turn the shop into a noise nuisance.

The eco-friendly store and cafe, which is being built on the site of the old Adnams distribution yard in Tibby's Square, is due to open later this autumn but an application for a licence to play live music has already worried those living nearby.

Adnams has applied for a licence permitting recorded music playing in the shop and café, to sell alcohol from 9am to 8pm daily and for live music performances - which locals say will ruin the peace and quiet in the town.

Edward Whitaker, who lives on Bartholomew Green opposite the new development, said: “The playing of music regularly in the centre of Southwold is totally unnecessary, and would probably offend the majority of householders and visitors.”

Eileen Cooper, also of Bartholomew Green, said: “For many years we were disrupted by the noise of Adnams lorries coming in after 11pm and leaving at 4am. We had hoped for peace and quiet, but if this licence is granted we feel that this will be a thing of the past.”

Neighbour John Bagot said that the licence application is “beyond being reasonable”. He said: “Adnams used the old warehouse site 24 hours a day with articulated lorries disturbing peoples' sleep and I don't wish for anything like this to recur again.”

The Cellar and Kitchen store and café will build on the brewery's green credentials and feature rainwater recycling, walls insulated with sheeps' wool and an outdoor courtyard area made from reclaimed groynes from Southwold beach. The café seats will be made from 100-year-old decommissioned wooden barrels from the brewery. As well as the original shop behind the Crown Hotel in Southwold, Adnams also operates Cellar and Kitchen stores around the south east including Holkham, Holt and Woodbridge.

A spokesman for Adnams said that the new shop will not be used as a concert venue. She said: “The issue about live music is just to cover one or two events every year. Each year we have a market day with a band and to have that, you need this licence. We're not going to turn it into a live music venue.”

The application will be discussed by Waveney District Council's licensing premises panel in Southwold next Tuesday.

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