PLANS for an annual pub charity event may be shelved because of complaints about noise.
The White Swan pub on Penistone Road held its first fun day in aid of Kirkwood Hospice on August Bank Holiday weekend.
The event, which featured two live bands, raised £620 for the Dalton-based hospice.
However, two complaints were made about the noise and Kirklees Council’s environmental services officers have warnedlicensee Alan Jarvis that he could be prosecuted if another event is held and complaints received.
Mr Jarvis said he was upset that one complaint could scupper his long-term plans to raise money for the hospice.
“We planned to hold the event every year, on the last Bank Holiday in August. I thought that was reasonable as it’s only four hours out of a 12 month period. But the licensing officer said if we do it next year and there’s a complaint, we will probably be prosecuted.”
He said he had tried his best to keep disruption to a minimum.
“I went around the village the week before and told the neighbours we would be doing the event and gave them drinks vouchers, apologising in advance. The music was finished by 8.45pm.
“Someone complained that the bands were too loud, even though they turned the volume down twice. None of the other neighbours minded, most of them were in the car park dancing.”
Mr Jarvis said he was told he could apply for an event licence, but feels he would be unable to have bands if noise restrictions were imposed.
A spokeswoman for Kirklees Council said an officer visited Mr Jarvis to explain noise legislation and inform him that he would need a licence for future events.
She said: “The Bank Holiday event was not licensed and the landlord was reminded that he must consult Kirklees Licensing to obtain either a temporary events notice or a variation of the premises licence if future events of this nature are planned.
“Charity events of this type are valuable but residents right to peace and quiet must also be respected.”