Noise ends music venue

BREWERY bosses are having to re-think their business strategy for a town pub after noise nuisance issues.

Bateman’s Brewery has opted to close the Amber Lounge late night music venue situated above its pub, the Nag’s Head on Southgate, Sleaford, after it decided it would not be able to meet stringent noise pollution rules set after a review of its licence by the North Kesteven licensing committee back in May.

Batemans area manager Dale Huntingdon explained the landlord of the neighbouring Blockbuster building had complained to North Kesteven’s environmental health officers regarding noise coming from the pub.

Officers investigated and concluded noise levels in the flat above the video shop were too high as a result of the music from the Amber Lounge, giving the brewery until the end of July to fix it.

Mr Huntingdon said: “We have carried out investigations with noise consultants and spent quite a lot of money to insulate the building, but we cannot meet the noise levels required and with the age of the building it is unlikely we will ever be able to meet those.

“We are looking at alternative uses for the Amber Lounge, but we will not be able to use it for music as it has been for 15-20 years.”

He said: “Batemans are still committed to the Nag’s Head and we will do what we can to carry on the business on the high street.”