A CRUNCH meeting is being held at the end of the month which could the future of the Swan pub in Edenbridge as a leading live music event in the local area.
Sevenoaks District Council environmental health officers and the Swan landladies Jacky Everett and Suzie Tuston and a representative from pub company Heineken will be getting together at the pub to discuss complaints from local residents about excessive noise levels when bands play in the hostelry.
The Swan, thought to 150 years old, has been a popular live music venue for several years but now the gripes from locals have forced the bands to be cancelled for the month of August- normally live music takes place on Fridays and Saturdays.
Ms Everett and Ms Tuston can stay open until midnight but of late they have been pulling the plug on bands at 11pm, have installed a noise limiter and boarded the premises up to prevent noise escaping – now there is silence until the outcome of the meeting on August 31.
In the meantime a petition is available at the pub for signing and there is a SAVE Our SWAN page on social media Facebook where comments can be added.
An example of this is this posting by a Swan supporter: “The live music is now in jeopardy of being no more due to persistent complaints from one or two houses locally.
Despite the fact that the wonderful landladies, Jacky and Suzie, have gone above and beyond to make sure as little noise as possible escapes the pub!
“It seems some people will not be happy until they aren’t allowed live music anymore. Which would be a crying shame. The amount of local bands they support playing here, the people who come to see them, all lost because of the voices of the few.”
And the petition is backed by a statement from residents and Swan regulars Sarah and Swan Guest and Hannah Leniston and Chris Mitchell which says: “We are so lucky to have such a great live music venue offering fantastic varied bands, singers and musicians. A large part of the ethos behind the Swan’s live music is to encourage old and young alike to have a go at open mic nights, offering a supportive environment and discovering just how talented the local community is.
“We are so grateful to Jacky and Suzie for all they have done for the local area and how hard they always work to look after their customers and the wider community. Jacky and Suzie have worked tirelessly to run a pub that is at the heart of the community. We feel very strongly that this very special part of the community should be protected.”