Lol­lipops help noise nui­sance


A Queen­stown bar want­ing to stay open un­til 4am has sound­proofed walls, doors and taken to hand­ing out lol­lipops to pa­trons to ap­pease neigh­bour­ing ho­tel guests and keep the noise down.

Vinyl Un­der­ground, a bar lo­cated in an un­der­ground con­crete bunker in cen­tral Queen­stown, has ap­plied for an on-li­cence to op­er­ate be­tween 8am to 4am Mon­day to Sun­day. How­ever, bosses of neigh­bour­ing ho­tel, The Spire, say the ex­tended open­ing hours would be ‘‘in­tol­er­a­ble’’ for guests be­cause of the noise.

The two par­ties faced off at a Dis­trict Li­cens­ing Com­mit­tee hear­ing in Queen­stown on Wed­nes­day.

The lawyer act­ing for MBT Hold­ings Lim­ited which owns Vinyl Un­der­ground, Russell Mawhin­ney, said there were al­ready a num­ber of bars in cen­tral Queen­stown, within sim­i­lar dis­tances to The Spire, that had op­er­at­ing li­cences to 4am.

‘‘There are sev­eral pos­si­ble sources of noise in the vicin­ity of Church Street and Church Lane . . . it is un­fair to blame Vinyl for noise.

‘‘Steps have been taken at the venue to min­imise the risk of any ad­verse ef­fects, in­clud­ing sound­proofed walls, two sets of doors at each exit, and door staff giv­ing each ex­it­ing pa­tron a lol­lipop upon de­par­ture.’’

Im­perium Group Queen­stown’s gen­eral man­ager James Ca­vanagh said the dif­fer­ence be­tween the 1.30am to 2am and 4am clos­ing was ‘‘stark’’.

‘‘Peo­ple ac­cept it is a busy re­sort town and in a city cen­tre but there is ob­vi­ously a tip­ping point when it be­comes in­tol­er­a­ble.’’

The com­mit­tee re­served its de­ci­sion.


The Vinyl Bar, in Queen­stown, wants to stay open un­til 4am.

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