Residents object to Falmouth's Club Chic plans for longer licensing hours
Residents are calling time on a Falmouth nightclub which hopes to extend its opening hours.
Cafe Chic in Quay Hill has applied to vary its licence to open from noon until 2am Monday to Friday and until 11pm on Sundays.
Bur residents say problems from noise of both music and patrons has made their lives a nightmare and want Cornwall Council's licensing department to refuse the application when it considers it on Monday.
Club owner Peter Farrington opened the venue in November, having taking over from Mama Africa. Prior to that it was Shades Nightclub.
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Mike George the council's environmental protection officer, will tell the licensing committee in a report that there are concerns regarding public nuisance.
Because complaints are historic with the premises, the council attached a number of conditions to the licence in 2010 to address noise issues.
In particular they were aimed at ensuring the council could take action to ensure noise limits were regulated and enforced. In included the installation of a noise limiting device, patrons asked to leave in small numbers and quietly and no re-entry of anyone after 1am if there are more than 100 people inside.
Bob Mears, licensing compliance manager with the council, said those conditions should remain and a further one to limit the number of people allowed outside to smoke at any one time.
However the council said these conditions have not always been complied with and have written to Mr Farrington reminding him of his legal obligations. It said it will also look at a licence review or prosecution if this continues.
One resident said in a letter to the council: "When I heard that yet again another nightclub was opening opposite my whole body sank into a depression.
"It is time the authorities become responsible and take a firm stand saying enough is enough. The local residents have suffered, the nightclub is siting in the wrong place and is not fit for purpose."
Another said: "We ask the club to be closed in keeping with the rest of the street (midnight). We will then at least be able to get some sleep. It is affecting our health."
The West Briton has been unable to contact a representative from the club.