Wycombe District Council have defended the decision to remove the pub's outdoor music license.

The Antelope’s licence for music outside has been revoked by Wycombe District Council following a number of noise complaints.

The pub has subsequently been forced to cancel the upcoming gigs.

Explaining the decision, Catherine Spalton, the Communications and Improvement Manager, said: “Over the last year and a half, Wycombe District Council have received a number of complaints from local residents about the live music from the “lope stage” outside The Antelope pub in High Wycombe.

“As a result, our Control of Pollution and Licensing Teams have been worked extensively with the premise licence holder to ensure that the business complied with licensing law and was not causing a public nuisance.

Unfortunately, the conditions of the live music licence – and a subsequent noise abatement notice – were continually breached, despite council officers giving extensive assistance and advice to the licence holder.

“As a result, we decided to refer the premises holder to a licensing panel – this was our preferred option rather than seeking a prosecution.

“Given the breaches continued after the final warning and Noise Abatement Notice has been issued, the Panel decided that the licensing objectives could only be met by limiting live music to inside the pub.

“The decision notice stated that they were “sympathetic to the premises licence holder’s attempts to revitalise the premises, which included live music at the venue.

“However, they noted that having volunteered a condition to his licence to minimise a nuisance to local residents from live music, the licence holder had consistently breached this condition.”