Emley vilage club The Wentworth keeps its licence - but with strict condition
Sep 3 2010 Huddersfield Daily Examiner
A VILLAGE club with a history of complaints about its noise level has been allowed to keep its licence.
Members of Kirklees Council’s Licensing Panel yesterday met to review the licence of The Wentworth in Emley.
Complaints about the noise generated there had gone on for a decade.
Residents complained of being plagued by loud music late into the night and noise from drinkers congregating outside.
But yesterday councillors told owner Robert Andrew that the venue could remain open – but imposed a list of strict licence conditions.
These included reduced opening hours, limited times of playing music and frequent checks of noise levels.
Councillors warned Mr Andrew that the club would continue to be closely monitored but he vowed to stick to the conditions.
He said: “It’s in our interests to keep it going.
“I’ve inherited the problems and all I can do is adhere to these conditions.”
Kirklees Environmental Services applied for a review of the premises licence in July.
It had received complaints about excessive noise from amplified music in the premises since 2000 and more recently about noise from outside.
In August 2008 councillors reviewed the licence and additional conditions were attached to control the public nuisance being caused.
These included playing amplified sound through a noise limiter, keeping the fire door closed during entertainment and banning drinking outside after 10pm.
But complaints continued and visits from officers found licence conditions were being breached.
These included an incident this May when the night time noise team found a live band playing excessively loudly.
Officers visiting in June reported people being loud and drinking outside the club at 11.25pm.
In July there was a further breach of the licence when CCTV cameras covering the outdoor areas had not been installed and later visiting police found the system unplugged.
Residents also complained to the council about the club, with one commenting: “We feel like we live in a prison.”
Mr Andrew admitted the venue – formerly owned by Emley Football Club – had a history of problems but said it had been poorly managed.
“I feel all the problems about the club are historical,’’ he said.
“These seem to stem from the fact that people have this misconception that it was there before the houses. People think the club is more important than everybody else.
“But it’s a good club and I want it to be run as a village community facility – we don’t want to be a public nuisance to anybody.”
Mr Andrew, from Highburton, bought the club with his wife, Alice, last year.
Previous owner Simon Capewell continued to act as premises supervisor until a month ago when Mr Andrew decided he should no longer do the job because of its continued problems.
Mr Andrew said his wife will take over the role after completing training.