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Wednesday, 23 April 2014

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Late-night noise set to scupper Cumbrian pub's later hours bid

A popular west Cumbrian nightspot’s hopes of opening later for Christmas may have been dashed after council officers went undercover to deal with noise complaints.

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Cap’n Senny’s in Senhouse Street, Whitehaven, is asking Copeland Council to extend its licence until 3am on December 20, 21 and 22.

But John Cain, the authority’s environmental protection team leader, has objected to “prevent further public nuisance” due to ongoing noise complaints.

In August this year the nightspot was ordered to limit the volume of the music it plays following a court case.

But it has now emerged that there have been further complaints to the council.

In a report to the licensing committee, which is due to discuss the late night extension tomorrow, it is revealed that council officers have been monitoring noise levels at the nearby Waverley Hotel.

Environmeantal health officer Jacqueline O’Reilly spent time in two of the bedrooms in September and October.

Each time she spent a minimum of one and a half hours in rooms facing onto the courtyard that separates the Tangier Street hotel and Cap’n Senny’s, assessing whether the noise would affect people staying at the town hotel.

She concluded: “My opinion is that the noise levels would prevent sleep and attempting to cover the noise by television or music noise in the room did not help. The average person would not want their sleep to be disturbed until 2am for four nights a week and would consider the noise from music to be a nuisance.”

Monitoring equipment has also been installed at the hotel on several occasions.

In an email included in the licensing committee report, Mr Cain states that the recordings show that it is creating public nuisance and investigations are ongoing. He said they are now trying to look at whether insulation could potentially prevent noise being transmitted through the roof of the nightspot.

But he said to date they have not been granted permission to allow a structural engineer to access the building, which has hampered progress.


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