A Worthing bar has been granted an extension to the time it can play recorded music on busy evenings – but only if it is limited to the noise level of a busy restaurant.
Live music venue Bar 42 in Marine Parade has operated from a premises in a terrace of residential flats and small businesses since 2011.
The owner Mark Knowles applied to Worthing Borough Council for permission to extend the time recorded music could be played until 1am from Thursday to Saturday, saying it would be in line with other modern premises.
After the Council’s Public Health & Regulation Team and a number of local residents raised concerns over the impact of late-night noise, members of the Council’s licensing committee agreed to the proposal last week – but only if recorded music after 11pm was restricted to 70 decibels, which is the noise level of a busy restaurant.
Councillors also recommended it be controlled by a noise limiting device, which is set and maintained at the agreed noise level. This would be locked down by an access code set by the local authority to prevent unauthorised access.
Before taking a decision, the committee heard how there had been a history of complaints from neighbours regarding noise, as well as the conduct of customers outside the business. However, no offences have been substantiated.
The applicant has 21 days to appeal any decision.
For more details, visit: https://www.adur-worthing.gov.uk/meetings-and-decisions/committees/worthing/licensing/licensing-control-committee-b-sub-committee/committee,148473,en.html