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Friday, 19 September 2014

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Silent night? Council finds Wake Me Up is just too loud

CAPTAIN Senny’s nightclub will be able to stay open until 3am on Boxing Night.

But the sale of alcohol will stop at 2.50am and the music (live or disco) will have to stop at 2.30am.

Copeland’s Licensing Committee on Monday accepted the compromise reached with environmental health who had objected to the temporary event notice application, made by Senny’s, on the grounds of public nuisance.

The council’s environmental officer spent the night in the nearby Waverley Hotel to monitor noise levels and identified certain records as very loud – among them Wake Me Up by Avicii.

The Whitehaven pub normally shuts at 2am and for Boxing Night wanted to extend that until 2.50am. But for music to be playing for another 50 minutes was just too much, said Jackie O’Reilly, Copeland’s environmental health manager.

She had spent time in rooms at the adjacent Waverley Hotel on a Thursday and a Saturday night and found that the noise levels would prevent sleep and increase public nuisance.

Senny’s solicitor Paul Nicholson argued it was a ‘private’ nuisance, not a public one, if it affected the hotel’s owners and guests.

“And if there is a nuisance, is it unreasonable? Music from the club stops at 2am and closing is 2.30am usually. This would mean an extra half an hour on Boxing Night, a time of the year when people want to stay out a bit longer. The club has had similar hours at August bank holiday weekend.”

Thomas Greer, who had monitored the noise levels at The Waverley on behalf of Copeland’s environmental health department, found they were variable, ranging from 30-40 decibels and peaked at 43. “Some tracks were worse than others,” he said, citing high noise levels in relation to the tracks Animals by Martin Garrix and Wake Me Up by Avicii, in particular. “The hotel is already dealing with it for four nights a week, they can hear music up until 2am.”

Chris Pool, who runs Senny’s, said: “We do make an effort to ensure people leave the premises quietly.”

Also on Monday, a temporary event notice was granted to Roc Bar, Tangier Street, for New Year’s Eve to serve alcohol until 2.30am with a 2.45am closing time. It had asked to serve drink up to 3am.

On Monday next, the Licensing Committee will hear an application for a premises licence on behalf of Mirehouse Football Club.

Some residents have objected but the police have not, provided a raft of conditions are abided by, including the installation of CCTV and a ban on taking alcoholic drinks from the bar area to the football pitch. The police also want all doors and window kept closed when entertainment is on.

The applicant, Lawrence Smith, says Mirehouse FC at Seathwaite Avenue, is a family-led sporting club and CCTV is already installed. The club, with a capacity for 60 people, wants a drinks licence for Monday to Friday, 7pm till 11pm and Saturday midday till 11pm and Sunday midday till 10pm. Music would be from recorded music and a juke box.

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sennys has been there for ages, waverley has been there for ages... whats changed over the years for this to appear in the news and star so much?

Posted by hmmm on 19 December 2013 at 18:53

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