Noise complaint calls pub owner to account

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A LEVEN pub could lose its licence after its latest live music event caused too much din.

Agenda on Scoonie Road was forced to shut down Agenda Rocks earlier than usual because a neighbour complained about noise last year.

Now, the pub faces Fife’s licensing board later next month after licensing officers served a review notice on August 21 - a week after the one-day event.

Fife Council was unable to confirm how many complaints prompted this latest review.

However, a critical letter to the East Fife Mail last week indicated the feelings of one neighbour.

The resident, who wished to remain anonymous, said: “The noise was so loud that, even with all windows closed and the TV volume over three times its normal level, we still couldn’t block out the incessant noise.”

“The very same happened last year.

“This is a residential area and I feel permission should not have been granted for such an event.

“Thankfully, the noise nuisance team from Glenrothes witnessed the noise levels and, hopefully, action can be taken to stop this happening again.”

However, a surge of readers logged on to the East Fife Mail’s Facebook page to protest that the event was a rare day of harmless fun - as well as worthwhile and commendable.

Supporter Victoria Perkins said: “Although I fully understand what a nuisance excess noise can be, I am disappointed to hear that a local resident of a town - that is sadly going to ruins of late - can’t find it within them to appreciate the effort, work and pretty much free labour that the organisers, venue owner and bands put into this event to try to create a welcoming, safe and enjoyable day of fantastic music, good company and community spirit by the bucket load!”

She added: “We are starved of entertainment and places to socialise, where you don’t have to worry about who has a knife or who might be overdosing in the toilets in this town.

“We should be celebrating the efforts these people are going to to change that, and not condemning them.

“It’s good, clean, honest fun which is hard to find here nowadays.”

Nevertheless, the Mail understands a complaint about the inaugural Agenda Rocks event last year forced organisers to scale back the event’s finishing time from 11.30pm to 9.30pm.

Rab Thomson, who played this year, said: “As part of the opening act, who then stayed for most of the day - sober - all I saw was a fun, well-organised event.

“Looking at the audience from the stage, all I saw were smiling faces. As the day went on, yes, plenty of people got tipsy and a little noisy, but there was not one hint of aggression.”

Another Mail reader, from Leven, has written in to say she thought the gig was a great success and felt last week’s correspondent was being “over dramatic” with references to “excessive noise”.

“This gig only ever happens once a year and is the only thing happening around the Levenmouth area for people to enjoy and look forward to,” said the woman, who did not wish to be identified.

People living nearby were given around six weeks notice of the event, she added - ample time to make other arrangements if they felt it might be too much of a disturbance.

Agenda Rocks offered the people of Levenmouth something to enjoy, as well as attracting people to the town and also giving up-and-coming groups a place “to showcase their hard work and talent”, she added.

Agenda’s owner Lee Murray was unavailable for comment.