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Former Brighton fetish club told to keep the noise down
A former fetish club has been told to keep the noise down after complaints from neighbours.
Tom’s Bar in Prince Albert Street, Brighton, got a “yellow card” from a panel of councillors yesterday (Friday).
The bar, which styles itself as a dance music club, was still operating under a licence designed for its former use as a late-night fetish club when the complaints were made.
After a meeting of Brighton and Hove City Council’s licensing committee its closing time was cut back to 2am from 4am on Saturday, Sunday and Monday mornings.
The bar’s new licence means all music must be played through a noise limiting device to stop sound leaving the venue.
All doors and windows must be closed and the beer garden closed at 11pm.
After that only five people at a time will be allowed to smoke at the front of the venue.
The council’s environmental health department applied for the club’s licence to be reviewed after a series of noise complaints from neighbours.
The bar was issued with a noise abatement notice in March - but the papers submitted to the council licensing panel said noise inside a neighbour’s flat was “at an intrusive level”.
The Argus was unable to contact the licensee, Terry King, yesterday (Fri).
Councillor Pete West, the Green party’s licensing spokesman, said: “The noise was so loud the resident’s mirror was shaking in his living room.
“The licence-holder has been given a yellow card.
“It has been made plain to him that if he fails to comply with the new conditions there will be a strong presumption towards revoking the premises licence.”
In 2007 a £100,000 facelift transformed the venue from a Polish wine bar into Tom’s Leather and Fetish Bar.
It advertised itself as “Brighton’s sleaziest members-only bar and club” where buckets of condoms and lubricants and a “fetish dungeon” were laid on for patrons.
The venture was short-lived and the bar was reinvented as a dance music venue.
The licence was changed yesterday to drop requirements for customers to become members.
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