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Friday, 18 April 2014

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Compromise reached in Cumbrian pub's 'battle' to stay open longer

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

Captain Senny’s photo
Captain Senny’s

But the sale of alcohol will stop at 2.50am and the music will be switched off at 2.30am.

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

The 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, 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. “I could not have slept in these rooms and see why we get complaints,” she said.

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. They have done it before, it can be delivered again.”

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.

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

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