Buckingham landlord seeks support in noise row

Dave Whiting at the New Inn
Dave Whiting at the New Inn

A pub landlord is asking for support from Aylesbury Vale District Council after a series of complaints forced him to cancel Saturday night events.

David Whiting and his partner Anna Rees have been running The New Inn on Bridge Street since September 2012, and up until early January they hosted live entertainment every Saturday. For a time they hosted a band jam on a 
Tuesday evening but Mr Whiting voluntarily stopped hosting the event due to understanding that late noise during the week might cause problems.

However, continued complaints have seen Mr Whiting served with a Noise Abatement Order which, if found in breach of, he would face possible prosecution.

Mr Whiting said: “The order informs me that I am a ‘statutory nuisance’ and that I ‘must stop being a nuisance’ but does not tell me how. I have asked to work between myself and our neighbours but they (AVDC) point-blank refuse.

“I’m not disputing that the noise is a nuisance, I don’t want to break the law or be a bad neighbour, I want to comply – but I need the council to help.”

The issue has meant that typical levels of trade have dropped by as much as 30 per cent at The New Inn compared to when events have been held.

Councillors Robin Stuchbury and Howard Mordue attended a meeting between the landlords and customers to construct a plan of action.

Mr Mordue said: “I support the provision of live music because it encourages customers to engage with the pubs but it is equally important to respect the neighbours.

“The meeting was very useful and we discussed ways they could cut the noise ,but that is not in our or AVDC’s remit so now it is up to The New Inn to solve it.”