Town centre nightspot to have licence reviewed after hotel complaints

Town centre nightspot to have licence reviewed after hotel complaints

Town centre nightspot to have licence reviewed after hotel complaints

First published in News

A TOWN centre nightspot could lose its licence because of noise complaints from hotel residents.

Colchester Council is set to investigate Layer Cake, in Colchester High Street, after receiving complaints from guests at the George Hotel.

The bar, which opened in August, is directly beside the popular town centre hotel.

Licensing officers are set to investigate the bar on public nuisance grounds, caused by “ongoing occurrence of loud amplified music” into the early hours of the morning.

But Andy Wheeler, who owns the bar, said he had tried to work with the hotel and the council to allay concerns.

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9:50pm Thu 20 Mar 14

stevedawson says...

Well the only way to allay those complaints is to stop playing music after 2300
hrs.what is hard about that?
Well the only way to allay those complaints is to stop playing music after 2300 hrs.what is hard about that? stevedawson
  • Score: 20

6:37am Fri 21 Mar 14

James.Harrington says...

Having a bar with a name presumably after the famous movie?
Right next door to a prestigious and famous hotel is appearing to be a difficult issue.
I meet clients at The George and if they are having problems, then there must be cause for concern.
Quite sad really.
Having a bar with a name presumably after the famous movie? Right next door to a prestigious and famous hotel is appearing to be a difficult issue. I meet clients at The George and if they are having problems, then there must be cause for concern. Quite sad really. James.Harrington
  • Score: 19

7:23am Fri 21 Mar 14

HARRY438 says...

What happened to the Egyptian family that used to own Jeffries old jewellery shop? They spent a fortune on that place.
What happened to the Egyptian family that used to own Jeffries old jewellery shop? They spent a fortune on that place. HARRY438
  • Score: -8

11:06am Fri 21 Mar 14

romantic says...

My understanding is that one side of the hotel is almost un-usable at weekends because of this. I do wonder how this place got granted a licence to run so late, because they had exactly the same problems with Roxi before. The council seems to hand out licences with little real consideration of the impact. The problem is that it is right up against The George, and if bass speakers are on the floor, the sound easily reverberates through the divide. The George would probably have a case to sue the council for consequential losses unless a proper sound assessment was done as part of the licensing process.
My understanding is that one side of the hotel is almost un-usable at weekends because of this. I do wonder how this place got granted a licence to run so late, because they had exactly the same problems with Roxi before. The council seems to hand out licences with little real consideration of the impact. The problem is that it is right up against The George, and if bass speakers are on the floor, the sound easily reverberates through the divide. The George would probably have a case to sue the council for consequential losses unless a proper sound assessment was done as part of the licensing process. romantic
  • Score: 17

1:35pm Fri 21 Mar 14

jammin says...

Not forgetting the fact its a dive anyway!
Not forgetting the fact its a dive anyway! jammin
  • Score: 13

4:32pm Fri 21 Mar 14

Say It As It Is OK? says...

Good luck with that. In my experience getting CBC to support anyone with noise issues is an uphill battle. I supported a tenant of mine who had issues with a late night music license because, particularly in the summer, the pub over the road kept its windows and doors open until the early hours. The tenants had to keep a regular log of noise (loud music) and at no time did anyone from CBC come to see it first hand. The noise only improved when the landlord left and the new licensee was more in control of managing the situation by ensuring windows and doors were kept closed.
Good luck with that. In my experience getting CBC to support anyone with noise issues is an uphill battle. I supported a tenant of mine who had issues with a late night music license because, particularly in the summer, the pub over the road kept its windows and doors open until the early hours. The tenants had to keep a regular log of noise (loud music) and at no time did anyone from CBC come to see it first hand. The noise only improved when the landlord left and the new licensee was more in control of managing the situation by ensuring windows and doors were kept closed. Say It As It Is OK?
  • Score: 4

7:51pm Fri 21 Mar 14

HARRY438 says...

Its the night time econenemy ,stupid!
Its the night time econenemy ,stupid! HARRY438
  • Score: -2

9:24pm Fri 21 Mar 14

omgwtfbbq says...

close it down, it don't even sell cake!
close it down, it don't even sell cake! omgwtfbbq
  • Score: 3

12:10pm Sat 22 Mar 14

mirokou says...

A fine upstanding citizen our Mr Wheeler…It appears crime is no ground for objection to CBC

A MAN has been charged with four offences after police raided a home in Colchester
Andrew Wheeler, 33, from High Street, was charged with possession of class A drugs, using a motor vehicle without insurance or a licence and possession of a fake licence.
He has been bailed to appear at Colchester Magistrates’ Court on October 1.
The raid was carried out in Crowhurst Road on July 19.
A fine upstanding citizen our Mr Wheeler…It appears crime is no ground for objection to CBC A MAN has been charged with four offences after police raided a home in Colchester Andrew Wheeler, 33, from High Street, was charged with possession of class A drugs, using a motor vehicle without insurance or a licence and possession of a fake licence. He has been bailed to appear at Colchester Magistrates’ Court on October 1. The raid was carried out in Crowhurst Road on July 19. mirokou
  • Score: 8

12:14pm Sat 22 Mar 14

mirokou says...

oh and there's more. I wonder if he sits on the chamber of Commerce.Feb 2012
"Andrew Wheeler, of Crowhurst Road, is reported to have caused 
his neighbours considerable distress after continually hosting late-night parties at his home with numerous visitors coming in and out of the property.
Last week Colchester Borough Council requested a closure order be granted which would prevent Mr Wheeler from entering the house for the next three months.
It follows a total of 330 anti-social behaviour complaints made by neighbours in the last six months.
The council’s anti-social behaviour team said despite their best efforts to try to “modify” his behaviour, they had been left with no option but to take drastic action.
Yesterday, magistrates in Colchester granted the order after lawyers from the council pressed for it to go ahead as soon as possible.
Staff from the council boarded up the property yesterday afternoon while the court also ordered Mr Wheeler to pay £300 in costs.
In court, Mr Wheeler admitted there had been “problems” at his home where things had got “out of hand”.
oh and there's more. I wonder if he sits on the chamber of Commerce.Feb 2012 "Andrew Wheeler, of Crowhurst Road, is reported to have caused 
his neighbours considerable distress after continually hosting late-night parties at his home with numerous visitors coming in and out of the property. Last week Colchester Borough Council requested a closure order be granted which would prevent Mr Wheeler from entering the house for the next three months. It follows a total of 330 anti-social behaviour complaints made by neighbours in the last six months. The council’s anti-social behaviour team said despite their best efforts to try to “modify” his behaviour, they had been left with no option but to take drastic action. Yesterday, magistrates in Colchester granted the order after lawyers from the council pressed for it to go ahead as soon as possible. Staff from the council boarded up the property yesterday afternoon while the court also ordered Mr Wheeler to pay £300 in costs. In court, Mr Wheeler admitted there had been “problems” at his home where things had got “out of hand”. mirokou
  • Score: 4

11:06am Sun 23 Mar 14

Misty4 says...

Who on earth allowed it to be licensed when it is next door to a hotel?!
Who on earth allowed it to be licensed when it is next door to a hotel?! Misty4
  • Score: 6

7:17pm Sun 23 Mar 14

rhetoric says...

This anti social behaviour business when related to noise, is a terrible problem for those affected.

It is also, I agree, very difficult to get anything done and meanwhile the sufferers next door get very, very tired and depressed and their work is often affected because of this. Sometimes accidents occur because of fatigue.

It's time the lazy and overpaid devils on all local councils got to grips with this issue. Often they don't have anyone working at night when the problem is occurring. We had a Party Patrol locally to where I live and it ran on Fridays and Saturdays, it being presumed that noisy parties took place on those nights because there was no need for the particpants to be up and sober the next morning. So, what about Bank Holiday Sundays? Party animals soon caught on that this was the night to tie one on, big time.

An Englishman's home is his castle? Only if you love noise and bad behaviour these days. The rest of us have to put up with it. If you can get away with anything, just grab it, in the knowledge that the majority will have to suffer and you'll have an infinite amount of time to enjoy the torture you inflict.
This anti social behaviour business when related to noise, is a terrible problem for those affected. It is also, I agree, very difficult to get anything done and meanwhile the sufferers next door get very, very tired and depressed and their work is often affected because of this. Sometimes accidents occur because of fatigue. It's time the lazy and overpaid devils on all local councils got to grips with this issue. Often they don't have anyone working at night when the problem is occurring. We had a Party Patrol locally to where I live and it ran on Fridays and Saturdays, it being presumed that noisy parties took place on those nights because there was no need for the particpants to be up and sober the next morning. So, what about Bank Holiday Sundays? Party animals soon caught on that this was the night to tie one on, big time. An Englishman's home is his castle? Only if you love noise and bad behaviour these days. The rest of us have to put up with it. If you can get away with anything, just grab it, in the knowledge that the majority will have to suffer and you'll have an infinite amount of time to enjoy the torture you inflict. rhetoric
  • Score: 3

5:31pm Tue 25 Mar 14

stevedawson says...

The problem is not andy wheeler, tho he does have issues, it is with the dunderheads on the council.
The problem is not andy wheeler, tho he does have issues, it is with the dunderheads on the council. stevedawson
  • Score: 1

9:45am Thu 27 Mar 14

totallyfootball says...

Simple, shut it and stop granting cesspits with numbnuts running them licences, its holes like this that are killing good pubs!
Simple, shut it and stop granting cesspits with numbnuts running them licences, its holes like this that are killing good pubs! totallyfootball
  • Score: 2

10:15am Thu 27 Mar 14

Checkout says...

Is the council taking it's environmental health responsibilities seriously enough?
Amplified music or any other intrusive sound from a commercial premises is a noise nuisance. The standard requirement before granting a licence should always be complete sound proofing of the premises.
It's quite simple really, no sound proofing, no licence.
Is the council taking it's environmental health responsibilities seriously enough? Amplified music or any other intrusive sound from a commercial premises is a noise nuisance. The standard requirement before granting a licence should always be complete sound proofing of the premises. It's quite simple really, no sound proofing, no licence. Checkout
  • Score: 1

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