Party time gets the thumbs up
Enterkine’s marquee passes the noise visit
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.”