Nightspot opening hours are cut back

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A town centre nightspot has had its licensing hours slashed after complaints about noise where made by residents living nearby.

Myst, in the Market Place, Buxton, is no longer allowed to stay open until 3am and 4am following a recent decision by High Peak Borough Council’s Licensing Sub–Committee.

An environmental health officer called for a review of the bar’s licence.

A report into the adjudication stated: “Complaints about noise penetration into the adjoining property at Anton House had been received intermittently since 2001.”

Planning permission to convert part of the building into a first floor flat had been granted in 1998 on the condition that soundproofing work was carried out.

In the years that followed, the licensing for the premises changed from being a bar/wine bar to a nightclub, with extended opening hours.

Concerns were also raised by police that some of the business’ drinks promotions contravened its licence.

In particular, one event advertised in January this year, which encouraged customers to ‘bring your own booze’, was seen to be a breach of the licensing conditions. It was withdrawn following objections.

However the report stated: “The sub-committee noted that notwithstanding the speedy withdrawal from the event, the licensee’s son who had management control over the premises clearly still believed that there was no harm in the promotion.”

The licensing sub-committee ruled the premises can now only stay open between 10am and 11.30pm Sunday to Thursday, then 10am and 1.30am Friday to Saturday with variations on Christmas and New Year’s Eve, as well as Sundays preceding bank holiday Monday and Thursday before Good Friday.

The committee also felt the management of the designated premises supervisor, Mr D Miah, was poor given the number of times the problems with noise and ill-advised promotions had been brought to his attention.

It ordered his removal with immediate effect.