Council votes against plans for Weston karaoke bar amid noise concerns

PUBLISHED: 07:53 29 November 2017

The bar is proposed for Locking Road.

The bar is proposed for Locking Road.

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Plans to open a karaoke bar for private parties have been blocked by North Somerset Council.

Paul Ritchie, of UK Karaoke Hire, sought an alcohol licence for a site in Weston’s Locking Road because he wanted to run two karaoke rooms – one for 20 people and the other for 10.

But the potentially noisy business concerned neighbours and the council’s environment team.

Carl Smallwood, North Somerset’s environmental protection officer, said ‘substantial’ sound-proofing would be required to prevent night-time disturbance and said that had not happened so far.

With that major concern unresolved, councillors on Monday voted to reject UK Karaoke Hire’s application to run a karaoke venue and bar.

Mr Ritchie wanted to run the venue daily until midnight but have opening hours extended to 2am from December 7 to January 1 each year.

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