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Wednesday, 17 September 2014

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Bar refused licence for DJ gig after reports of revellers urinating in street

Complaints of noise and revellers urinating in a city centre street have led to a DJ event being refused a licence.

Merienda photo
Merienda

John Graham. of Merienda in Treasury Court, Carlisle, had applied for a licence to hold an Uber music event that would have finished at 3am on August 25.

A similar event held in the courtyard last year led to complaints being made to both Cumbria police and Environmental Health.

And Canon Michael Manley, of Carlisle Cathedral, said he had been verbally abused after complaining about noise at the previous event.

Environmental Health officer Michael Cunningham said: “In May last year we received three noise complaints and complaints of people urinating in Rosemary Lane.

“In a shed in the countryside this kind of event would be fine but in a contained area it will cause problems with noise and it’s just not acceptable.”

Uber runs a series of nightclub events and has featured famous artists in the past including Calvin Harris and Pete Tong.

Ian Graham, representing his son John, said that the event would be a source of culture in the city.

Mr Graham said: “These DJs are world-famous and attract a following from around the country.

“These events are regarding as being in the top 10 in the country and it’s important for disco divas.

“It’s a vibrant city and I think that this helps to make it a vibrant city.”

The application made to Carlisle City Council was originally for two evenings, with another event planned for August 9.

But this was withdrawn at the meeting by Mr Graham.

There was confusion at the committee meeting as to the capacity of Merienda, but Mr Graham said that passageways from Treasury Court to Fisher Street and Scotch Street would be staffed by doormen to stop overcrowding.

Sgt Richard Higgin, who has received awards for helping to drive down pub and nightclub crime in the city, said that events had caused problems in the past.

Sgt Higgin said: “We have had a number of complaints both by phone and to me personally.

“On one occasion the police had to make an arrest for drunk and disorderly.

“Amplified dance music is not acceptable to local businesses and residents and my submission is that this event should not be allowed to go ahead.”

Merienda is currently closed, with a sign on the door attributing the closure to a gas fault.

Ian Graham would not comment on the closure other than to say he hoped it would not be permanent.

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