Penthouse nightclub in Broadway in trouble for late-night noise in city
A LACE Market nightclub could lose its licence following complaints about noise late at night.
Complaints about Penthouse nightclub in Broadway stem back to September 2011 – with most relating to the noise coming from the queue and outside smoking area.
Nottingham City Council's licensing panel will now meet on February 5 to decide what action to take. It has the power to modify or completely revoke the club's licence.
In his statement to the licensing panel, Andy Moger, who lives opposite the club in Broadway House, Stoney Street, said: "Noise in the street by patrons of this venue begins in the evening and runs all the way through to the early hours of the morning."
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He argues that when the club was closed, due to water damage, from July to September last year, there were "no problems" at all.
He added: "Fighting outside by patrons of this venue is far from a rare incident, in fact it would be more accurate to say that it is now rare for a night to pass without incidents of fighting and violence.
"On occasion brawls have ended up with people being thrown against Broadway House and blood splatters all over the external walls and doors of the building, which is thoroughly unpleasant for those of us living there."
Steve Hazzledine, who also lives at Broadway House, said it was not just street noise.
"The playing of amplified music with accompanying bass is so loud that it is audible in the bedrooms and living areas of Broadway House," he said.
There have also been complaints about taxis beeping horns in the early hours. The club opened in November 2010 in the building that was formerly run as Faces.
The licence is held by Harinder Singh Dhadli. His mother Amarjit, who helps out with the running of the club, said they had taken numerous measures to reduce noise.
She said: "We put extra barriers in place to contain people queuing around Penthouse.
"We also have four doormen outside and their job is to tell people to be quiet. We have big placards telling people to be quiet."
She said they had also suggested moving the smoking area to the roof, or back of the building, but so far the landlord had not agreed.
She added: "A doorman is there asking them to keep their voices down. They're only talking, not shouting and if someone does raise their voice the doorman asks them to keep their voice down and if they don't they are removed."
She added that on some days that residents complained about the club was not open or did not have bass speakers fitted as they were being repaired. The club employs about 60 people.
Derek Moss, on the city council's noise and pollution control team, says measures that could be introduced include refusing entry to the premises between midnight and 3am – and ensuring sound cannot be heard in Broadway House.