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Star Inn's future as music venue under threat

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Star Inn's future as music venue under threat

Published at 2:21pm 17th October 2018. (Updated at 5:29pm 18th October 2018)

An established Guildford pub says its live music business is being 'killed off' after it received a noise abatement notice.

The Star Inn in Quarry Street - where punk legends the Stranglers played their first gig - said the notice means it will have to "effectively" close as a music venue from December 9.

Guildford Borough Council has confirmed it has issued the notice on regional brewery chain Shepherd and Neame, which owns the pub, after an investigation, following a complaint about noise.

It said the venue has to comply with the notice by reducing noise levels - and it was up to the pub to decide how it could do this.

The Council also said it was willing to work with both parties and had offered to meet with the owners to discuss "how compliance can best be achieved."

It would not comment on any details of the investigation.

Shepherd Neame said it has until December 9 to comply with the notice - or face fines of up to £20,000.

In a statement, The Star Inn said the issue came about after the council granted planning permission to a developer to turn neighbouring offices into flats.

Star Inn manager Georgina Baker said:

"This is stupid beyond words. Thousands of people have enjoyed music here for decades but one property developer is allowed to end all that because it interferes with his money-making scheme.

"We're a business too, and one from which many more people benefit, and we were here first, so why is his short term financial gain seen to be more important than our established and much loved venue?

"This will kill our business, leading to job losses as well as the loss to the community of a vital cultural asset. I can't understand it."

In May, Council Leader Paul Spooner tweeted his support for the pub and its future as a music venue:

"I am very happy to state publically that I FULLY support @StarBackroom and the leadership at @GuildfordBC fully support this venue."

The Star Inn claims Mr Spooner "has been silent ever since."

A petition earlier this year to Save the Star attracted more than 20,000 signatures.



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