THE Headstock music event at Llandudno’s King’s head pub went ahead despite a ban by Conwy council.

It was held on Bank Holiday Sunday, but unlike previous events it was indoors rather than in the pub’s car park.

The council had issued a noise abatement order which forced a similar event called Soul in the Sun to be cancelled at 24 hours notice following complaints by neighbours.

Stephen Reese, landlord of the King’s Head in Old Road said: “I had to cancel Soul in the Sun at 24 hours notice because the council issued a noise abatement order letter.

“The council has told me it had received complaints about noise from previous events. The letter stated: ‘During the observation visit the officer witnessed music so loud that as well as the music and bass beat, lyrics were also clearly audible, not only at the complainant’s property, but in the streets nearby’. But when I asked whether they had carried out any objective noise testing I did not receive a reply."

He added that during the three Headstock events held this year £1,430 was collected for David’s Hospice.

A spokesperson for Conwy council explained there were eight complaints and the number required for enforcement action is one.

She said: “In this case we received log sheets from complainants and recordings, and officers carried out an observation visit to determine there was a Statutory Noise Nuisance. We issued a Noise Abatement Notice on August 14.”

She added the decision about the noise level was made using: “The investigating Environmental Health Officer’s professional judgement.”

She did not say whether equipment was used to measure the noise, or what noise levels were taken. There is a 21 day appeal period against a Noise Abatement Notice.”