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Landlords of Forest Inn at Ashurst, Jo and Ian Laver, to leave after 'final straw' of losing noise abatement order from NFDC

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LANDLORDS of a pub in Ashurst have announced plans to leave – just months after losing a court case against NFDC over noise from live music which they say was “the final straw”.

As reported in the A&T, Jo and Ian Laver, who run the Forest Inn, were left with a £5,650 court bill and restrictions on outdoor music events after challenging a noise abatement notice.

The council took action in July 2021 after a complaint from a neighbour about disturbance at the venue, off the A35 Lyndhurst Road.

Ian and Jo will leave the pub after losing the noise abatement appeal
Ian and Jo will leave the pub after losing the noise abatement appeal

A hearing at Southampton Magistrates’ Court in April ruled the couple could only hold outdoor music events four times a year and they must cease at 10pm.

No limit was placed on how often the pub could have bands perform inside, but the couple were told they would have to install a noise limiter to cut the sound if it reaches a level above that permitted by NFDC, and must ensure all windows and doors are closed while music is playing.

A statement on the pub’s Facebook page confirmed the couple planned to leave, but did not give a date.

It said: “We have had too many ongoing issues for the last year.

“The final straw was the music issue and court costs thanks to one household across the road from us.

“We have decided it is best to move on and look to another venture, whatever it may be. However, we will make sure that we have the best summer and make the most of this beautiful pub with the good weather.

“Keep a look out for events coming up and come and support us as much as you can – thank you to our regulars for their ongoing support.”

Commenting on the news, one regular wrote: “This is such a shame – its a great pub, great staff and great owners.”

Another, whose daughter has performed at the pub, added: “We have seen some amazing bands with you and we can never repay the opportunity you gave to our daughter last year, giving her so much support and an opportunity to find her voice.”

The A&T has approached both the NFDC and inn owner Stonegate Pub Company for comment.

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