Party time gets the thumbs up

En­terkine’s mar­quee passes the noise visit

Ayrshire Post - - Bob Shields - Stu­art Wil­son

Ho­tel bosses claim they have “achieved the im­pos­si­ble” by sound­proof­ing their party mar­quee.

Now re­stric­tions have been lifted on plush En­terkine House, al­low­ing live bands to play un­til mid­night.

It brings to an end the long run­ning saga over noise com­plaints at the Annbank re­treat.

The ho­tel has spent £ 70,000 dur­ing the last year on mea­sures to dull sound on the struc­ture which hosts a range of wed­dings and par­ties.

Ho­tel lawyer, Brian Dun­lop, told South Ayr­shire’s lat­est Li­cens­ing Board meet­ing: “It would ap­pear my clients have achieved the im­pos­si­ble.

“I didn’t think it would be pos­si­ble to sound­proof a tent – but they have.”

It fol­lows the lat­est re­port from En­vi­ron­men­tal Health bosses, which mon­i­tored an event at the ho­tel on Fe­bru­ary 10.

It ruled there was “no ev­i­dence” of ho­tel noise at the prop­erty of nearby com­plainer, Ewen Sut­cliffe.

The ho­tel has been re­stricted in its use of live bands since last year, with mu­si­cians hav­ing to stop play­ing at 11pm.

Mr Dun­lop added: “Book­ings for wed­dings have been down by 50 per cent, so the im­pact on the busi­ness has been clear for all to see.”

Coun­cil­lors agreed to lift the 11pm cur­few and del­e­gate all fu­ture ap­pli­ca­tions for oc­ca­sional li­cences to coun­cil of­fi­cers.

Li­cens­ing board chair, coun­cil­lor Craig Mackay, said: “It is no mean feat to sound­proof a mar­quee.

“We have, as a Board, al­ways sought to pro­tect res­i­dents through­out.

“But we see no rea­son to con­tinue with the 11pm con­di­tion.

“Good man­age­ment of func­tions will al­ways re­main key.”

Speak­ing af­ter­wards, Colin Caird, En­terkine’s gen­eral man­ager, said: “The coun­cil’s de­ci­sion is very wel­come.

“The ho­tel has in­vested heav­ily in en­sur­ing the mar­quee is as sound­proof as pos­si­ble and de­vel­op­ing a so­lu­tion has been chal­leng­ing to say the least.

“As a sub­stan­tial con­trib­u­tor to the South Ayr­shire econ­omy, the dam­age done by a neg­a­tive de­ci­sion could have been sub­stan­tial.

“We are very grate­ful for the sup­port of large parts of the lo­cal com­mu­nity who recog­nise that hav­ing a suc­cess­ful En­terkine is a real as­set.

“We can now look for­ward to con­tin­u­ing to pro­vide an ex­cel­lent ex­pe­ri­ence at one of Scot­land’s lead­ing venues.”

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