Pub licence review in noise complaint row

Railway pub, King Street, Belper.
Railway pub, King Street, Belper.
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THE licence at a pub in Belper town centre is under review after complaints about noise.

Amber Valley Borough Council issued a notice to the Railway pub, on King Street, after being contacted by a disgruntled individual.

The Belper News understands that a neighbour living nearby has complained about noise from Friday night karaoke sessions.

And it is understood a complaint was received about a live music act that played on a charity night at the venue.

A member of staff at the pub said the karaoke lasted for four hours, once a week on a Friday night, between 8pm and 12 midnight.

A spokesman for the borough council said people living or working in the vicinity of the pub who want to make representations about the issue have until Friday, November 4, to do so.

He added that a panel would then meet to consider any representations and make a decision.

It has a variety of options it could take no action, modify the conditions of the licence, exclude something within the licence, remove the licence holder, suspend the licence, or revoke it.

A spokesman for SB Leisure Estates, which owns the town centre pub, said he did not wish to make a comment at the moment, but added: “We are negotiating with the council.”

Customers in the Railway pub claim that it is normally quite quiet apart from the karaoke.

One said: “It is always as quiet as this and the karaoke is just once a week.”