A popular pub in Leeds has been banned from holding outdoor parties, following complaints about noise, from nearby residents.
The Skyrack, a popular student haunt and stop-off on the Otley run pub crawl in Headingley, was granted a Temporary Event Notice (TEN) to use its outdoor area, for an event during the recent Freshers’ Week.
The event prompted neighbours to complain to councillors Neil Walshaw and Janette Walker (Labour, Headingley) who have been campaigning to change the law around TENs, due to the impact some outdoor events have on residents. The ward councillors then asked the Council to investigate.
The pub management has apologised to residents and the council has since banned them from applying for any similar future events.
Environmental Health Officers stressed that The Skyrack has never received noise complaints before.
However, the councillors believe this highlights the importance of allowing residents to comment on applications for TENs, which are required if event organisers and venues wish to host large-scale ‘one-off’ events and cover areas such as the sale of alcohol, or extensions to opening hours. Coun Walker said: “Residents would not have been allowed to object to this. We are campaigning to have rules changed and I urge any residents who are having trouble to get in touch.”
Coun Walshaw added: “Freshers’ Week is a busy time as students flock to Headingley. Whilst The Skyrack is a respected and much-loved pub, it is clear that on this occasion outside noise was not kept to acceptable levels and it is right the council issued the ban.”
A spokeswoman for Skyrack owners Greene King said: “We are sorry anyone had cause to complain. It is not in our best interests to upset neighbours. We make all efforts to be as considerate as possible.
“We fully respect the Council’s decision and we apologise for any disturbance.”