Nottingham nightclub F&G fined more than £67,000 for making too much noise
The operators of Nottingham Nightclub F&G has been fined more than £67,000 for making too much noise - despite several warnings to quieten down.
Unique Nightclub Ltd, which runs the club in Broadway, was convicted of 16 breaches of a noise abatement notice at Nottingham Magistrates court.
District Judge Justice Pyle fined the company £4,000 for each offence plus costs.
The total bill added up to £67,872.69.
Community Protection had been investigating complaints from a number of residents about loud music coming from the club and on January 10 this year, a noise abatement notice was served on Unique Nightclub Ltd, requiring them to stop causing a noise nuisance.
Despite both verbal and written warnings to the club's operators, complaints about the noise continued to be received.
Lorraine Raynor, Head of Environmental Health & Trading Standards for Community Protection said: “Officers collated evidence of the breaches using digital recording equipment installed in the complainants’ properties. The assessment of these recordings, witness statements of officers and victim impact statements provided by a number of residents provided the evidence upon which the prosecution was based.”
“Over the last six months, three warrants were applied for and our bailiffs entered the premises and seized music equipment on two occasions,” said Mrs Raynor. “Following this, new equipment was obtained and the noise nuisance continued.”
In sentencing, the Judge stated that he had found that the breaches were deliberate and persistent and that the effect of the statutory noise nuisance on the residents was real and constant, affecting both their sleep and ability to do their jobs.
The club's licence was also revoked at a hearing of Nottingham City Council's licensing authority on May 29 2012 and came into force on June 19, by which time it had closed.