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Brides’ stress as council rejects Sheffield wedding plans

Claire Ellis and Neil Nosahlo

Claire Ellis and Neil Nosahlo

  • by Ellen Beardmore
 

Desperate brides-to-be are in a frantic search for a new wedding reception venue after councillors rejected licences.

Six couples have had to find an alternative location for their big day - one in just three weeks time – as the temporary event notices for outdoor celebrations at Green Directions at Townfield Head Farm in Stannington were turned down because of noise concerns.

Teacher Claire Ellis and her fiance Neil Nosahlo will tie the knot at Sheffield Town Hall on July 26 but now have no location for their blessing, party and 130 guests.

Mum-of-two Claire, who grew up in Hillsborough, said: “The guests are all invited, we have five weeks to go and nowhere to hold it.

“We are trying to find somewhere else but with this timeframe there isn’t a lot of availability.

“It just seems unfair the council can do this with just weeks to go.”

Kate Chalk and Simon Hartley, of Greystones, wed on September 6.

GP Kate, aged 31, said: “If the council thinks noise is an issue - which I don’t think it is - then they should have at least allowed the receptions for this year. We think they’ve got no compassion.”

Reports to a licensing committee said an objection from environmental protection was over the ‘significant potential for public nuisance’.

A council spokesman said: “Due to ongoing legal proceedings the council is unable to comment on specific details. The council regrets upset caused to those who had events booked but it is for Mr Woodward to explain why he accepted bookings before having approvals.

“The council has to find a balance between supporting local businesses and carrying out its statutory responsibilities under law.”

The owner of Green Directions has said he will ‘vigorously pursue’ avenues of complaint about Sheffield Council.

Mark Woodward said he would be referring the matter to the Local Government Ombudsman and looking at legal action.

He said: “They had the discretion to say let’s allow these bookings –they pulled the plug.

“We are having to refund couples and I am working with them to try and find alternatives. We haven’t caused this problem but it is my moral responsibility.

“It doesn’t work like the council claims, temporary event notices are applied for only once you have an event.”

Previous weddings have been held under temporary event notices with no complaints after consultation with neighbours and the council, he said.

A premises licence for a Tour de France camp site was rejected after noise concerns but Mr Woodward was told the weddings could still be held under the ‘straightforward’ notices. Two receptions were monitored by environmental officers - but Mr Woodward said he was not informed of problems.

A noise limiter is in place.

Council ‘pulled plug’ on weddings - owner

The owner of Green Directions says he will ‘vigorously pursue’ all avenues of complaint about Sheffield Council.

Mark Woodward said he would be referring the matter to the Local Government Ombudsman and looking at legal action.

He said: “They had the discretion to say: ‘Let’s allow these bookings’ – but they pulled the plug.

“We are having to refund couples and I am working with them to try to find alternatives. We haven’t caused this problem but it is my moral responsibility.

“It doesn’t work like the council claims, because temporary event notices are applied for only once you have an event requested.”

Previous weddings have been held under temporary event notices with no complaints, after consultation with neighbours and the council, he said.

A premises licence for a Tour de France camp site was rejected after noise concerns but Mr Woodward was told the weddings could still be held under the ‘straightforward’ notices. Two receptions were monitored by environmental officers - and Mr Woodward said he was not told of any problems.

A noise limiter is in place.

 

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