Noise from Ormskirk reception hall worries about outside speaker system

Plans for an outdoor loudspeaker system and for exterior windows and doors to remain open when needed at a reception venue near Ormskirk have raised concerns about noise pollution.

A company called David A Lea and Son is seeking permission to amend the current license for the premises of The Aviary Function Rooms on Blindsman Lane near Southport Road.

Premises supervisor Thomas Lea has submitted a license amendment application to West Lancashire Borough Council, outlining plans for an outside loudspeaker system for music and speech and other proposed changes. Councilors from the borough’s licensing and gambling subcommittee are due to review the applications at a meeting on Tuesday, May 3.

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In his application, Thomas Lea describes plans for an extension of the building and a new interior layout of the building. He is also asking for license permission to keep The Aviary’s exterior doors and windows open when needed, and permission to allow music or speech to be played through external speakers between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m. an appropriate volume”.

The operators are also requesting permission to remove an existing premises license condition that requires the venue manager and owner to be on site to supervise staff. A note from the applicant suggests guidance is needed on this to clarify the exact requirements.

The Aviary is currently licensed to sell and supply alcohol, for recorded or live music and for late-night refreshments, according to council documents.

A report to West Lancashire councilors from the sub-committee says they should consider four main licensing targets. These are the prevention of crime and disorder, public safety, the prevention of public nuisances and the protection of children from harm.

Some objections have been raised about The Aviary’s plans, according to a subcommittee report. These include claims that the plans for the new building have omissions and do not show the proposed outdoor space. There are also complaints that the app has no details about noise control or the estimated number of customers on the extended site. Another complaint is that the plans do not reflect previous advice or requirements raised by police in 2021. There are also questions about a standing area and the alleged change in the nature of the venue from a coffee shop to become a wedding, reception and private venue rental.

West Lancashire advisers have the option to amend or add terms to The Aviary’s premises license, or refuse any licensed activity from the amendment request, if they so wish. “Licensable Activities” covers activities such as recorded or live music, discos, dancing or slot machines. These are treated as separate activities from the licenses required to sell alcohol. Councilors will review The Aviary application at West Lancashire Borough Council in Ormskirk on Tuesday May 3 at 10.30am.

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