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There were no declarations of interest.
Public Question Time
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There were no questions from members.
To consider a report by the Director for Sustainability & Resources, copy attached as item 4.
Before the Sub-Committee was a report by the Director for Communities, which has been circulated to all Members, a copy of which is attached to the signed copy of these minutes as item 3.
Presenting Officer outlined the TEN served
The Licensing Officer outlined the TEN served and the subsequent Notice of Objection. The TEN had been served by the licence holder in order that a ‘Bank Holiday Birthday Celebration’ could be held at the premises. The Environmental Protection Officer had submitted the Notice of Objection on grounds of public nuisance. The Committee was advised that the Licensing Objective relating to public nuisance was the only relevant objective in this meeting.
The Environmental Protection Officer confirmed that the Licensing Officer had provided an accurate outline of the Notice of Objection.
Questions from Members for the presenting Officer
There were none.
Representation from the Environmental Protection Officer
The Officer clarified that a large number of complaints of loud music, particularly at weekends, had been received in regards to the premises. Investigations had shown that the complaints were justified and as a result a Notice of Abatement had been served on the premises. Allowing this TEN could result in a breach of the notice.
Questions from Members to the Environmental Protection Officer
Members queried how many complaints had been deemed founded and at what time of the night was the noise level being complained about.
The Officer explained that six separate nearby households had complained and the timings of the unacceptable noise was usually from about 11pm onwards. He stated that the Environmental Protection Team had taken recordings at 1am showing the base could be heard in neighbouring properties.
Questions from the Licence Holder to the Environmental Protection Officer
The licence holder enquired what the decibel recordings were and where the complaints had originated from.
The Officer clarified that the recordings measured approximately 28 DB inside one of the neighbouring properties. He also confirmed that the complaints had been from residences in neighbouring streets and dwellings.
Representation from the Licence Holder
The licence holder explained that when he had bought the premises, the previous owner, when it had been Bar Ten, had stated that they never really had many noise complaints. Because of this, he had made no changes within the club assuming that there were no noise issues. He was of the opinion that, as the club had been closed during Covid, neighbours had got used to that situation but now that it was open again they were having to adjust to the noise once more. He explained some of the measures he had taken to address the noise issue such as moving speakers and applying soundproofing to some walls. He also had a Sound Engineer on site at all times. The Licence holder also pointed out that his licence states he has a maximum noise limit of 50 DB inside the premises and they had taken a recent level reading of approximately 40 DB.
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