Bar opens courtyard to cut down on noise
A BAR has been allowed to open up a courtyard for customers to prevent noise nuisance to neighbours.
Residents had for months complained about disturbance from the Soul Bar in Ashford’s New Street.
But managers said this was due to customers having to go outside to the front because of the smoking ban.
Now Ashford Borough Council’s licensing sub-committee has agreed for the courtyard to be open for drinkers from 11pm to 2am.
Councillors had been told of a number of complaints by neighbours last winter about noise from music and customers outside the front.
One said that music was coming through the fire doors and another told of being disturbed three nights in a row.
Council environment officers investigated and found that music could be clearly heard outside the premises and would affect residents sleeping in the New Street flats.
Pub managers said that noise complaints had arisen since the smoking ban in public places came into force in July 2007, making smokers congregate outside the front.
They say that this application was an attempt to solve this.
Lobby doors were also proposed for the bar area to contain possible noise breakout along with sound proof fencing up to roof level.