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Pubs and Clubs

Noise originating from Pubs and Clubs can be annoying to local residents if it is uncontrolled or exceeds what one could reasonably expect from an entertainment venue. Residents must be prepared to experience some inconvenience if they live near to a Pub or Club, but sometimes this becomes intolerable.

Whenever possible, if a new Pub or Club is opening, or an existing premises is undergoing refurbishment, we try to anticipate the likely noise problems. Controls will be incorporated into the design or building works so that any noise generated is not significantly audible beyond the premises.

For existing premises, an Officer will visit to assess the seriousness of the complaint and to establish the cause and any possible solutions. The owner or manager will then be informed of the situation and given advice on possible solutions. Wherever possible, improvements will be achieved by agreement. If this is not successful, the action considered necessary will be incorporated as requirements in a Statutory Notice.

Sources of noise include music, extract fans, shouting and vehicles. Controls can be imposed on such things as the volume of music, the operating hours of the venue, the operation of noisy machinery, and the opening of doors and windows. The investigating officer will recommend controls according to the nature and seriousness of the problem. They will advise complainants of action taken and what they should do if problems continue.

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