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Stortford music pub's bid to open until 2am prompts objection from neighbour

Horn at the Half Moon, North Street, Bishops Stortford.Feature on pub. Adrian Bell and James McLaughlin. .Pic: Vikki Lince. (8114577)
Horn at the Half Moon, North Street, Bishops Stortford.Feature on pub. Adrian Bell and James McLaughlin. .Pic: Vikki Lince. (8114577)

A request for extended opening hours at Bishop's Stortford music pub The Horn at the Half Moon have been challenged by a neighbour with noise concerns.

The management of the North Street venue has asked East Herts Council for permission to sell alcohol for an extra two hours until 2am on Friday and Saturday nights.

It also wants to extend live music by half an hour until 1am on the same days, with a 90-minute extension until 2am for recorded music.

The application also seeks to vary the conditions of the licence with regards to "open vessels" to be used in the garden area, customers to be admitted and readmitted after 1am on Friday and Saturday nights and to change a condition limiting use of the function room to 80 people.

The management also wants to lower the age restriction to allow 14-year-olds in. Currently, children under 16 are not allowed in the pub after 7pm.

A neighbour, whose name has been redacted from a report to EHC's licensing sub-committee which was due to meet on Wednesday (April 3), wants councillors to block the changes.

The householder said: “I have recently made a complaint regarding the loud music coming from this venue, but nothing came of it. Therefore I would like to discourage a change in their licensing agreements.

“Their ‘indoor venue’ is not soundproof and, as such, live bands with drums, bass and other instruments can be heard within people’s homes in the local residential area, keeping them awake and shaking the buildings.”

The neighbour offered to mount a petition to reinforce their concerns and declined to reconsider their objection when the Half Moon pledged: “Noise or vibration shall not emanate from the premises which could cause a nuisance to nearby properties.

"Except for ingress and egress through the entrance, doors and windows shall be kept closed (but not locked) whilst regulated entertainment is taking place.”

The Half Moon, founded in around 1642, was taken over in the summer of 2017 and closed for extensive refurbishment in October before reopening that December as The Horn at the Half Moon.

Its owners also run St Albans pub The Horn, which has won Entertainment Pub of the Year and Live Music Pub Venue awards.

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