Review of Beez’s licence after complaints

A town centre bar is set to have its opening hours reduced after being branded a “serious nuisance”.

The premises licence for Beez Bar on Wellington Road is being reviewed by the borough council after complaints from nearby residents about loud music and voices coming from the bar.

Issues have also been raised about noise caused by revellers leaving the bar and smoking outside in the early hours of the morning.

A report being submitted to the council reveals noise recorders were put in the bedroom of a house opposite Beez for a fortnight in July and “assessment of these show that the nuisance continues and shows the noise from people outside and in connection with Beez is also causing a serious nuisance.”

Prior to this, the council’s environmental regulation department carried out investogations in June and November last year after complaints from residents and a noise abatement notice was served in February.

The bar currently has a licence that allows the showing of films, live and recorded music, late night refreshment and the serving of alcohol for consumption on or off the premises.

Alcohol can also be served between 10am and 3am from Monday to Saturday and 11am to 1am on Sundays.

At the meeting being held a week on Wednesday the council will request that the bar’s opening hours are reduced to 8am to midnight from Monday to Wednesday, 8am to 12.30am on Thursdays and 8am to 2am on Fridays and Saturdays and until midnight on Sunday.

It also wants an acoustic report to be commissioned, a noise limiter installed and that music stops at 11pm.