Kensal Green pub landlord fined after loud birthday party disturbed neighbours
PUBLISHED: 11:45 16 March 2017 | UPDATED: 16:22 17 March 2017
A court’s decision to uphold a noise abatement notice breach has left landlord Brian Mannion reconsidering whether to continue holding functions his pub in Harrow Road.
Brian Mannion operates the pub, in Harrow Road, as a bed and breakfast with occasional functions a financial necessity.
He says that the venue had been hired out for a 50th birthday party on the night of July 30, 2016, while a DJ who had previously played there was hired to take care of the music.
Aware that his premises was already subject to a noise abatement notice dating back to 2015, Mr Mannion claims he told the DJ to switch the music off at about 10pm when it became too loud.
He then left the situation in the hands of his manager and security guards after leaving the venue.
He said: “There is not much more an owner or manager can do,” he told the Times. “As far as I am concerned I told them to switch it off and did everything possible – due diligence, risk assessment – everything possible to prevent this breach of the noise abatement notice.”
However, a neighbour complained that the music was so loud that the crockery on her shelves was shaking.
At about 1am, with the music still blaring, a council enforcement officer was called out and confirmed there had been a breach.
Shocked that his instructions had not been followed through, Mr Mannion attempted to remedy the situation with the council.
However he was taken to court where he was fined £1,000 and ordered to pay £1,348 costs as well as a £100 surcharge on March 1, 2017.
Brent councillor Tom Miller said: “We won’t allow our residents to be caused nuisance by businesses who don’t think about the consequences of controlling their events properly.”
Mr Mannion insists the decision has left him unable to have “anything of a lifestyle”.
“I am doomed to be here to administer every single decision,” he said. “It creates a very bitter feeling all-round. It is de-motivating, disenchanting.”