Top Airth wedding venue vows to turn it down

With its five-star standards and stunning grounds The Parsonage is a popular venue
With its five-star standards and stunning grounds The Parsonage is a popular venue

An award-winning wedding venue in the heart of the countryside has been told by licensing bosses to keep the noise down.

The Parsonage outside Airth was voted the top ‘exclusive use’ location for functions at this year’s prestigious Scottish Hotel awards - but has now been labelled a “noisy neighbour” by fed up residents next door.

The grand Victorian mansion sits in the grounds of Dunmore Park between the villages of Airth and Dunmore.

Part of the Aurora Hotels group, it caters for weddings, family celebrations and corporate events.

Its website boasts all its services and luxuries match that of a five-star hotel and only available for hire 15 days a year.

But a bid for eight occasional licences this month to serve as many as 400 guests a time was brought to the attention of Falkirk Council Licensing Board after objections from nearby home owners.

The board was told 78 occasional licences have been granted for the house and its two outdoor marquees in the last two years - all approved by officers under delegated powers because there had been no objections.

But they heard from villagers the music “booming out” on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights is so loud they all know the songs by heart!

One claimed: “It’s having a significant impact on family life nearly every weekend. Living in a conservation village should bring the benefit of peace and quiet.”

Aurora Hotels boss Steven McLeod, who lives in The Parsonage, said noise control equipment to limit music volume will be installed.

He said: “I didn’t appreciate the severity of the noise complaints until very recently and have now taken action. We don’t want to be bad neighbours.”

After being given his assurances the board granted the applications.