Bar opens court­yard to cut down on noise

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - News -

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.

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