A PERFORMANCE by folk-rock group Torridon was the “final straw” for a wedding venue’s fed-up neighbours and led to it losing its licence for outdoor events after 7pm.
Loch Ness Country House Hotel at Dunain lost its licence to host such events after what was found to be numerous breaches which constituted a “public nuisance.”
Two complainants alleged extremely loud music was played until 1am and licensing standards officer Ian Cox said: “This is purely a noise issue, I feel it is a public nuisance, members of the public have come forward because they have been disturbed.”
One of them, Pauline McEwan, said: “I have complained many times, going way back, to the police, to environmental health. I have also phoned the hotel several times to no avail - no-one has come back to me at all.”
Manager Aaron McMaster and his solicitor Erin Grant argued the best course of action for all was that no sanction be handed down.
Councillor Duncan Macpherson was at the event when Torridon played. He said: “I recognised the concerns of the neighbouring home owners regarding the lack of adequate sound proofing in the marquee, causing the sound levels emitted to affect their properties and cause public nuisance and disturbance.”