A licence review is currently underway at the Yew Tree Inn at Preston on Wye

Hereford Times: The Yew Tree Inn at Preston on Wye. The Yew Tree Inn at Preston on Wye.

A PUB owner has criticised claims by Herefordshire Council that she is not promoting her licensing objectives of the prevention of crime.

The Hereford Times reported last week that the licence of the Yew Tree Inn at Preston on Wye is being reviewed following noise complaints.

The council claims that 24 events have gone past the cut-off point of 11pm since November 2012 and the venue has been sent five letters about the breaches.

Fred Spriggs, a licensing officer at Herefordshire Council, said that, as well as "not promoting the licensing objectives of the prevention of crime", the premises' licence holders are also "failing to prevent public nuisance".

But, Theresa Brandeberry, joint-premises licence holder at the pub, claims that only 17 events were held between the time frame.

She added that the alleged 24 events were mentioned in a log kept by a villager complaining about noise.

"It is correct we have had five letters and we have turned to either licensing, environmental health or noise abatement in reply and for advice regarding every letter," she said.

"All are welcome to our tiny pub and I would ask the licensing section for support in running a rural pub, rather than putting up barriers because of complaints from such a tiny minority."

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11:51am Thu 3 Apr 14

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A word of caution to Theresa regarding the licencing section of Hereford Council, they have a duty to respond to every complaint they receive from fellow village residents who perhaps don't realise that a village isn't truly a village without a pub! What the licencing officers of the council always fail to do is check the accuracy of the complaint, they take the complaint as gospel and respond solely on behalf of the complainants, quite wrong, they are surely there to serve all? A minority will always out shout the silent majority, get a petition going from everyone who supports the pub and has no complaint. Good friends of mine had to deal with similar issues from the council, and watch out when the man from noise compliance turns up with his sound meter, make sure you ask to see the calibration certificate of his instrument, he hasn't got one! It is tiring having to deal with bureaucracy and run a business, and I wish you every success.
A word of caution to Theresa regarding the licencing section of Hereford Council, they have a duty to respond to every complaint they receive from fellow village residents who perhaps don't realise that a village isn't truly a village without a pub! What the licencing officers of the council always fail to do is check the accuracy of the complaint, they take the complaint as gospel and respond solely on behalf of the complainants, quite wrong, they are surely there to serve all? A minority will always out shout the silent majority, get a petition going from everyone who supports the pub and has no complaint. Good friends of mine had to deal with similar issues from the council, and watch out when the man from noise compliance turns up with his sound meter, make sure you ask to see the calibration certificate of his instrument, he hasn't got one! It is tiring having to deal with bureaucracy and run a business, and I wish you every success. Rate contributor
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