A Cardiff Royal Wedding street party was brought to an abrupt halt on Friday, after one neighbour complained about the noise.
The party, taking place on Severn Grove, and in the Robin Hood pub, Pontcanna, was ended prematurely by Cardiff council noise pollution officers at 10pm, three hours before the party was billed to finish.
Following the complaint, officers arrived and told landlord of the Robin Hood, Paul Careless, to shut his windows, turn off the music and clear all the people off the site.
Watch a video of the street party in action
But organiser of the street party, Terry Philips, believes there were no bad incidents, and the council were completely unjustified in prematurely concluding the celebrations.
He said: “There was no need for it. Cardiff council were totally and utterly out of order. I did not have an issue whatsoever with anyone, people were enjoying themselves.
“The council have actually soured the milk.”
The officers who ended the party were allegedly strong and heavy-handed in their actions, and Riverside Councillor, Iona Gordon, plans to investigate the matter.
She said: “I have asked for a report into the manner in which the party was stopped, when people were still having a lovely time.”
A spokesperson from Cardiff council said: “Noise officers visited the Robin Hood and saw that the front windows were wide open and music and karaoke was clearly audible outside.
“The officers discussed the complaint with the pub supervisor and it was agreed that the front windows would be closed and the karaoke terminated.”
Mr Philips, who is head of the area’s neighbourhood watch, believes the man who complained was abrupt in the manner he confronted the organisers.
“He was very abusive to me,” he said. “He was in my face, he accused me of drinking.
“There will be an official complaint about his behaviour, I will not put up with it.”
The neighbour, who wished not to be identified, has been involved with the pub before.
And landlord Mr Careless, a popular local figure, faces a hearing at Cardiff Magistrates Court tomorrow, as the council’s noise pollution department are taking action in response to a complaint made by the same resident about a past event.
Mr Careless could face a minimum £5,000 fine, which he says would be difficult to pay, and could threaten the future of the pub.
Until its early finish, the party, which included a performance from former Riverside girl Charlotte Church, was a great success, and it is believed over 1000 people attended.
Mr Philips said: “It was such a grand occasion, everybody celebrated. It has brought this community closer.
“Everybody was enjoying themselves, this was the place to be.”
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