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Silvertown nightclub bid for longer opening hours is rejected

PUBLISHED: 12:00 24 August 2018

LA lounge is in Silvertown. Pic: Google

LA lounge is in Silvertown. Pic: Google

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A nightclub in Silvertown has been refused permission to extend its opening hours after claims from residents that revellers were making their lives "unbearable".

Bosses of the LA Lounge in Bell Lane, had asked to stay open an extra 30 minutes until 5am Thursday to Sunday, with music allowed to be played until 4.30am.

But Newham Council’s licensing committee last night refused the request by applicant Guvnor UK Limited.

Neil Pearce, who lives near the club, told the committee: “We have been subjected to a barrage of drunken shouting from patrons leaving the club at the most ungodly of hours.

“We are not Nimbys, we value businesses that build and add to the area, but this club does not. The club is making our lives unbearable. The hours do not need to be extended, they need to be scaled back if anything.”

Royal Docks councillor Patrick Murphy, who attended the meeting as an objector, added: “I would like to see my constituents get some rest and peace.”

The council’s own noise and nuisance team also objected to extending the opening times, stating that it could encourage customers to arrive at the club later “leading to disturbances”.

However, a council officer admitted just four noise complaints from the area had been received since January, and it could not be conclusively proved these were all to do with the club.

David Dadds, acting on behalf of the applicant, argued that LA Lounge had also been granted 12 temporary extensions to stay open to 5am this year alone, with no objections from the Noise and Nuisance Team.

He added that noise monitoring equipment had been installed in the area and this had established “there is not a problem”.

Guvnor UK Limited has 21 days to appeal the decision.

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