Judge orders nightclub to talk to neighbours about noiseOctober 2, 2012 - 7:30am
An application to renew the publican's licence for a city nightclub has been adjourned until December after neighbours objected due to excessive noise.
The Bentley (formerly Cuba), Eyre Square, was granted a monthly licence, in the meantime, at last Wednesday's annual licensing court sitting.
However, Judge Mary Fahy said that this was being granted on condition that efforts be made in the meantime to alleviate the concerns of neighbours, and rectify safety issues, as per the fire officer's requirements.
Jerome Sheehan had objected to the application made by James Broderick of O'Briadain Investments Ltd., 9-11 Prospect Hill.
He told the court that since ownership of the building changed hands that he and other residents were subjected to "loud and persistent noise, especially bass music and bottles at the back of the building, between the apartments and the night club".
He said that tenants living in the same block had threatened to move out.
"I'm there 15 years, and for 12 years of that I had no trouble with Cuba," Mr Sheehan said, adding that the Bentley opened around the time of the Volvo Ocean Race during the summer.
When asked by solicitor for the applicant if he would be willing to resolve the issues by meeting the owners in person, Mr Sheehan replied: "Yes, but I want the Judge to know that I have made several efforts to sort it out before this, but I've got no response."
He said that he had gone over on one particular night "practically in my pyjamas" to complain, leaving his number with the head doorman.
He added that he had also spoken to co-owner, Shane Broderick, at 8am on another date.
Judge Fahy suggested that the issues could be resolved if both parties met face to face.
"If people have had no problem with the previous nightclub, then they shouldn't have a problem with the new one – all things being equal," she told Mr Broderick.
The fire officer also objected to the renewal of the publican's licence, due to issues in relation to a right of way. He said, however, that he had no objection to the monthly licence being granted so that the owners could sort out the outstanding issues before the adjourned date.
Judge Fahy granted the latter "as long as they alleviate the noise levels immediately, and make sure it's safe."
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