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College hall could be white elephant

PUBLISHED: 11:13 06 April 2010 | UPDATED: 17:19 30 June 2010

A new performing arts centre at Great Yarmouth College could end up a £2m white elephant if councillors reject an application to hold musical events and plays there.

A new performing arts centre at Great Yarmouth College could end up a £2m white elephant if councillors reject an application to hold musical events and plays there.

On Friday the college will find out if its School of Creative Arts and Technologies will be granted a premises licence to hold public events.

However college bosses could see their ambitious plans to create a regional centre of arts excellence shot down in flames after complaints from neighbouring residents about noisy music.

The college's premises licence application is asking the council to give it the green light to perform plays, show films and have live music and dancing from between 2pm to 10.30pm seven days a week.

Since the centre opened in September residents have said that they can hear “thumping music” from the centre as students perform in sound proofed studios.

Because of the noise six people in Anchor Court have sent in a petition and letter of objection to the Yarmouth Borough Council licensing committee demanding that the new centre be properly sound proofed before any licence is granted.

In February it was revealed the college had forgot to apply for the premises licence after its old arts building was closed - resulting in a hurried application.


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