Beer garden TV dismissed over noise concerns

Plans to retain an outside TV screen housed in a timber structure in the beer garden of a pub in a Merseyside suburb failed to win the support of an inspector.

400-027-222 (Image Credit: Liverpool City Council)
400-027-222 (Image Credit: Liverpool City Council)

The inspector noted the pub garden was surrounded by housing and the council had received complaints about noise. He rejected the assertion that customers watching football and other sporting events would be unlikely to generate significant additional noise over and above that associated with normal use of the beer garden area, commenting that cheering, shouting, clapping and chanting and the larger crowds drawn by important fixtures would generate far more noise and generally at weekends and evenings when neighbours would be at home. Whilst noise from the screen itself could be controlled by condition, noise from customers could not and this would significantly harm the living conditions of neighbouring occupiers, the inspector concluded, and dismissed the appeal.

Inspector: Thomas Hatfield; Written representations

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