THE future of a pub in Helmshore is no longer under threat after Rossendale Council dropped a licence review prompted by noise complaints from neighbours.
Residents living near The Station, in Helmshore Road, complained to the council after being disturbed by late-night ‘loud’ rock and pop music following an outdoor festival two years ago, and live bands performing at the venue since.
The licence review ordered by the council, and planned to take place next month, was cancelled following a legal challenge relating to the review process by Thwaites brewery.
A spokeswoman for Thwaites said: “We’ve been working in partnership with landlady Nicola Barcroft over a significant period of time to help reduce noise in the area. It’s very important to us that we’re able to forge good relations with our neighbours, and with the local communities in which our pubs are situated. We’ll continue to monitor the situation over coming days, and weeks.”
A spokeswoman for Rossendale Council said: “The council is meeting with the brewery’s legal representatives to resolve this challenge.
“The licensee of the premises is in the process of undertaking works to resolve the issues raised by the council’s environmental health team.
“This, once completed, may satisfy the legal requirements for noise reduction from the premises.
“This being the case, no further review action will be continued at this stage.”