Licence suspended after noise complaints

The Albert Bar - doors closed.
The Albert Bar - doors closed.

ANGUS councillors have called time on a Montrose pub after it failed to deal with complaints about noise from its premises.

The authority’s licensing board last week suspended the Albert Bar’s licence indefinitely until a noise-limiting device is installed in the Market Street pub.

The board had received a number of complaints from neighbouring residents and asked Angus Council officers to work with the pub and people living nearby in a bid to resolve the issue.

A noise management plan was agreed and the licensee, the Firm of the Albert Bar, was to install a noise limiting device which was to be operated to the satisfaction of officers to prevent continuing complaints.

These are attached to the power supply of a venue’s amplification system to monitor noise level. If it exceeds a pre-set level, the device cuts the system’s electricity supply.

Licensing board chairman Councillor John Whyte said after Thursday’s meeting that the step had been taken because a limiter had not been installed despite reminders and “extensive support and guidance from council officers” leading to further complaints.

He said: “At today’s board, the members felt that they were left with no option but to suspend the licence until the device is installed and fully operational to the satisfaction of environmental and consumer protection and the council’s licensing standards officer. The premises must close forthwith and remain closed until the noise limiter has been satisfactorily installed.

“The board was extremely disappointed to note that repeated warnings had gone unheeded and indicated that it will not hesitate to take firm action, which can include the suspension or revocation of licences, when warnings are disregarded.”