Fundraising pub calls time

FACING CLOSURE: Bull's Head manager Peter Harkin in the beer garden where live music events are held. (d05061144)
FACING CLOSURE: Bull's Head manager Peter Harkin in the beer garden where live music events are held. (d05061144)

NOISE complaints are being blamed for the closure of a pub.

The Bull’s Head, in Ravensthorpe, is to shut on October 1 in the face of a warning notice from Kirklees Council after complaints about noise.

The pub last year raised £900 for soldiers’ charity Help for Heroes. The manager said it would be hard to make a living if the pub could not host live events.

“We are being crucified,” said Peter Harkin. “We have done a lot for the community. This is yet another Dewsbury pub closing.”

The pub has a licence to stage outdoor live music events and each time there have been complaints. “And I don’t think it is justified,” said Mr Harkin. The events are mainly fundraisers for Help for Heroes.

“We are allowed to finish at 8pm but we wind down at 6pm in fairness to neighbours,” said Mr Harkin. “Now with this notice, the pub is closing in October. We can’t make any money.”

Owner Alistair Hick has decided not to renew the lease on the premises in Huddersfield Road. “We get very good attendances at the outdoor events,” said Mr Harkin. “It’s what people want.”

David Oakley of Fir Parade said: “We can hear the bump, bump, bump of the bass. We go out of the way. We can’t sit in our garden when bands are playing.”

However, Maria and Adam Carter who live next door but one to the pub said noise was not really a problem.

“If the events went on any longer it would be an issue,” said Mrs Carter. Mr Carter added: “It would be a shame for the pub to shut down. They are just trying to make a living.”

A Kirklees Council spokesman said: “There have been numerous complaints about noise. Officers have spoken to the landlord and an abatement notice seems to have been ignored so a more formal route is having to be considered.”