Hype nightclub in Cleethorpes no longer to blame for noise pollution, say residents
RESIDENTS say Hype nightclub is no longer to blame for the noise pollution blighting their lives.
As reported, after a number of complaints to North East Lincolnshire Council, the bar's owners were ordered to make changes to minimise unwanted noise.
At a meeting of the licensing sub-committee in June, councillors ordered that the door be kept shut so that noise from the nightclub – which caters for up to 2,000 visitors a night at the weekend – did not exceed permitted levels.
And those living in nearby Cosgrove Street say the noise from Hype has reduced – but that other bars and clubs are still causing a nuisance.
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One resident, who did not wish to be named, said: "I haven't had any problems with Hype recently but there is still a lot of noise.
"It's hard to know where it's coming from but the music can be really loud until about 2am. I think it might be Bar Babylon as there is an outdoor area there."
Another homeowner added: "They have outdoor events at Bar Babylon and it can get loud, especially for the homes which back right onto it."
However, other residents say the noise doesn't cause them any problems at all.
One man, who moved into Cosgrove Street about two months ago, added: "We haven't had any problems with noise, to be honest.
"There is a bit of music playing sometimes but we're right in the middle of town so it's to be expected, especially at the weekends."
Another resident added: "I know some people have complained about the noise but it doesn't really bother us."
As reported, licensing officials urged staff at Hype to keep the door shut and curtail use of a balcony at the rear of the premises.
Licence holder Craig Holmes told the licensing committee a self-closing device had been installed on the doors and all staff had since been re-trained to ensure the doors are kept closed, except when guests are entering or exiting.
Councillor Mick Burnett, who represents the Croft Baker ward, said: "Officers have been working with the venue in a positive way to reduce noise. I believe this has been much more effective than using the full hand of the law would have been.
"If there are now complaints about another venue we will deal with them."
Ward Councillor Matt Brown added: "I am aware that the nightlife in Cleethorpes can result in disturbance for some residents.
"The council always tries to work with our partners, such as the police and owners of local premises, to come to a satisfactory conclusion. However, due to the nature of the industry, problems may arise from time to time and I would encourage residents to contact the council to report any issues."
Pete Smith, the manager of Bar Babylon, said he would be investigating the noise allegations with his operations manager.
He said: "We are committed to trading responsibly. As far as I am aware, there have been no complaints from the residents on St Peter's Avenue whose properties actually back onto the premises. There are four licensed premises between ourselves and the properties in question."
To the bar's knowledge no complaints have been lodged with them or the council.
To report a noise complaint, call the council on 01472 313131.