PUB chiefs are continuing to work with licensing bosses to placate their neighbours as part of the terms of a noise abatement order.
The Old Star was given the notice during the summer after two complaints about ‘excessive noise’ were submitted to East Staffordshire Borough Council.
The Queen Street pub has been credited with reviving pop and rock music in the town with a packed roster of top-quality acts every Friday and Saturday night.
The Advertiser reported two months ago that the home of live music in Uttoxeter would continue to stage shows despite the order.
Speaking then, bosses pledged to work with the council to come to a mutually-agreeable arrangement.
Now, with the purchase of new equipment and tighter monitoring of volume levels, the pub is taking practical steps to address the problem.
Manager Erica Baxter told the Advertiser how she and her colleagues are doing ‘everything possible’ to co-operate.
She said: “We’ve put a lot of insulation on the walls of our outdoor stage to keep the sound from travelling too far.
“We’re also looking at insulting the roof of the stage.
“As we move into winter, a lot of the bands will want to play inside but we’re looking at ways of making the outdoor stage an all-weather facility so we can keep our shows outside in the future.
“We’ve purchased our own public address system, amps, speakers and compressors, which are all set up and ready to go for all the bands that play here and allow us to manage the overall volume better.
“We also have a new sound guy who monitors volume levels and, if they exceed around 94db, turns them down a bit.
“The bands that have used this new equipment have left comments with us saying how good it is.
“There haven’t been any complaints since we’ve taken these steps.”
Ms Baxter said keeping noise at a reasonable level so as not to disturb nearby residents is now a ‘priority’ for the pub.
She said the Star will continue to work with the council on an ‘ongoing basis’.
She said: “We’re continuing to work with them and will carry on complying with what they ask us to do.
“I’d like to reassure music fans that there’s no danger of us abandoning our roster of bands playing here.
“If anything, the music scene here is continuing to grow now bands don’t have to bring all their own equipment.
“The level we’ve got now is certainly sensible in my view.
“I can stand in the courtyard near the stage and still have a conversation with someone, which is what we’re aiming for.
“What we need to do is keep working to ensure we can get the musical balance right between the instruments at the reduced volume we’re operating at.”
Further information on live music at the pub is available on its Facebook page.