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Residents oppose restaurant's plan

PUBLISHED: 09:30 28 November 2008 | UPDATED: 12:24 03 July 2010

COUNCILLORS will decide on Monday whether to grant an extended licence to an Indian restaurant and nightclub in Great Yarmouth which has received several objections.

COUNCILLORS will decide on Monday whether to grant an extended licence to an Indian restaurant and nightclub in Great Yarmouth which has received several objections.

Kharshed Alam of the Saffron Tandoori restaurant and Aura nightclub wants to supply alcohol until 6am seven days a week and to vary the current premises licence to allow live music and to show sporting events on TV.

Aura currently has a licence to stay open until 2am however the application has drawn four objections from neighbours.

A father-of-one living on Nelson Road North has written to the council objecting to the application on the grounds that extended the licence would lead to further disturbances surrounding noise and music from the nightclub.

The neighbour claims: “It could lead to more anti-social behaviour and I personally think that drunks sitting on my bench, throwing glasses and bottles and urinating outside my front door is already enough for my family and neighbours to put up with.”

The application has also been opposed by the parish priest of St Mary's Roman Catholic Church on Regent Road due to concerns of noise levels.

In a letter to the borough council Gordon Williams explains that the church rectory, adjacent to the nightclub, has in the past been subjected to noise problems “mainly loud music and heavy bass penetrating the rectory walls”.

While those problems were resolved he said he had recently noticed an increase in noise levels.

“Because of this I am concerned about the application to add further use of their premises which would have a detrimental affect on my way of life,” he writes.

“I am aware that as a seaside town certain amenities are acceptable, however St Mary's Church and the Rectory were here long before any of these other establishments,” he added.

Another Nelson Road North resident claims that extending the licence would lead to further problems with noise and anti-social behaviour.

“At present during the summer the doors are left open which means the local residents have to suffer the noise levels,” the resident claims.

The borough council's environmental health department has also said it will object to the proposal unless the applicant agrees to imposing certain conditions.

The application will be considered by the borough council's licensing committee on Monday at the Town Hall at 10am.


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