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Canning Town residents in nightclub noise row

PUBLISHED: 15:00 02 September 2018 | UPDATED: 14:01 11 September 2018

FOLD nightclub at Gillian House, Canning Town. Picture: Ken Mears

FOLD nightclub at Gillian House, Canning Town. Picture: Ken Mears

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Residents in Canning Town claim antisocial behaviour and noise at a nearby nightclub have left them scared to leave their homes.

FOLD nightclub at Gillian House, Canning Town. Picture: Ken MearsFOLD nightclub at Gillian House, Canning Town. Picture: Ken Mears

Neighbours living in Sycamore Close, say clubgoers at FOLD, a 950-capacity venue based above a print works on an industrial estate, are taking drugs and fighting.

Bobbie-Jo Cooper, 39, who lives opposite the venue, described drugs and needles left on doorsteps, fights between revellers heading home through Star Lane Park, with loud music keeping locals up at night.

She said: “They’re dropping drugs outside people’s houses and the noise of the music is going over everyone’s telly. “No-one can sleep.”

The mother-of-two added that attempts to raise concerns with the venue and Newham Council proved futile.

FOLD nightclub at Gillian House, Canning Town. Picture: Ken MearsFOLD nightclub at Gillian House, Canning Town. Picture: Ken Mears

FOLD in Stephenson Street, includes a main room with a 110-decibel sound system.

According to the council, the venue opened last month with a premises licence covering 10pm to 6am on Fridays and Saturdays, and 10pm to 1am on weekdays.

“The noise is terrible,” said neighbour Christine Ford, 60.

“I’ve been in this house for 32 years and I’ve never had to put up with things like this.”

Christine, who is mostly housebound due to her bowel and liver cancer, recounted hearing “drunk” people outside her window “screaming and wanting to fight one another”.

“You’re terrified to even go to the windows and [ask them] to stop it - at four or six in the morning,” she added.

Josie Ryan, however, said she had not witnessed any violent incidents herself but confirmed drug paraphernalia had been found near the homes.

“Oh, we’ve had all that,” the 71-year-old said. “We’ve had little packets outside the doors.”

A council spokeswoman said it had not “established any noise nuisance” to date the police hadn’t received any complaints and the club’s operators have “followed the terms and conditions of their licence”.

She added: “We are sorry that residents have experienced noise nuisance in their neighbourhood.”

In a statement, the club’s management said: “We are saddened and dismayed to learn of local residents being disturbed especially since we have strict procedures and regulations in place to help ensure that this does not happen.

“We strive to hold the highest operational standards and just ask any residents to make contact with us directly so that we can investigate the matter together and if needed, put additional measures in place to immediately neutralise any issues as they arise.”

They ask neighbours with concerns to email info@fold.london.


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