Popular Northampton bar given green light to serve alcohol on its roof terrace but with strict conditions

The bar will be closely monitored for its noise levels following concerns raised by neighbours

Wednesday, 12th May 2021, 2:52 pm
r Jimmy's Sports Bar in Harlestone Road
r Jimmy's Sports Bar in Harlestone Road

A bar in Northampton is required to fit an electronic noise limiting device to any sound system for its roof terrace as part of conditions allowing it to serve alcohol there.

The device is part of four conditions added to the premises licence for Jimmy's Sports Bar in Harlestone Road by West Northamptonshire Council's Licensing Sub Committee.

An application sought to vary the licence by licensing the sale of alcohol for consumption on the roof terrace.

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A report to the committee stated the variation proposal to the licence was for sale of alcohol for consumption (on the premises) at roof terrace bar Monday-Thursday 11.00-23.00, Friday 11.00-01.00, Saturday 10.00-01.00 and Sunday 10.00-22.30.

The committee granted the application yesterday (May 11) after originally hearing it on April 29.

Six letters of objection raising concerns about potential noise were sent to the council.

The application was granted with the following conditions added to the premises licence:

(1) A tamper-proof electronic noise-limiting device shall be fitted to any sound system which provides amplified live or recorded music to any speakers located on the roof terrace.

This sound limiter shall be set at a level agreed by a West Northamptonshire Council environmental health officer and shall not be altered without prior written agreement by the same.

(2) Regular monitoring of noise levels in Althorp Road and Orchard Street shall take place while amplified live or recorded music is played on the roof terrace, in order to ensure that the noise level at those locations does not exceed the level agreed in writing by the West Northamptonshire Council environmental health officer

A written record shall be kept of the results of any such any monitoring, including the date, time and location, the name of the person who conducted it and any remedial action taken.

This written record shall be kept for no less than six months and shall be made available within 24 hours to any Northamptonshire Police constable or any West Northamptonshire Council officer upon request.

(3) Notices shall be prominently displayed at any area used for smoking requesting patrons to respect the needs of local residents and use the area quietly.

(4) A direct telephone number for the designated premises supervisor shall be publicly available at all times the premises is open.

This telephone number is to be made available to residents and businesses in the vicinity of the premises.