No sanctions for Northampton nightclub accused of playing music too loud

The Department for Meat and Social Affairs came under fire from neighbouring businesses for playing music too loud, but a licensing committee has decided to take no action.
The Department for Meat and Social Affairs came under fire from neighbouring businesses for playing music too loud, but a licensing committee has decided to take no action.
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A council committee decided to take no action against a Northampton nightclub, despite complaints from nearby businesses about the volume of music.

Owners of the Department for Meat and Social Affairs in Bridge Street were called to a hearing of Northampton Borough Council’s licensing sub-committee on Thursday, after the Church Restaurant nearby said noise from the club had “negatively impacted” on its business.

A garden party on July 2 had also drawn complaints from the nearby Albion Brewery Bar and the Plough Hotel, with the latter saying it had to move guests into different rooms because of loud music played after midnight.

But the sub-committee decided to take no action against the club’s licence, as it had only exceeded noise levels on the one occasion.

Chair of the licensing sub-committee, Councillor Mike Hallam (Con, Headlands), said: “From the evidence supplied during the review of the premises licence for the Department of Meat and Social Affairs, the licensing sub-committee has decided not to take any action.”

A spokesman for the Old Northampton Group, which owns the nightclub, said any future complaints about noise would be taken seriously.

He said: “We are a very pro-active organisation and we want to help people.

“Businesses nearby know how to contact us if they need to.

“We are going to monitor the noise in the garden even closer from now on.

“We won’t hold any future event without the support of the public.”

The Church Restaurant has been contacted for comment.