A meeting is being held today between Bournemouth Borough Council and popular student nightclub The Old Fire Station, to discuss the terms of the venue’s licence.
The review is a result of noise complaints that have been made to the council over the last year from neighbouring residents.
If a licensed premises causes any problems in the community, the council (who are the licensing authority) have a right to review the licence of the premises that is causing any complaints.
Although it is very unlikely, Fire Station’s license in the most serious case could be revoked altogether. However, venues under review usually work very well with the council to make improvements and agree conditions to be added onto their existing licence, like improving the sound proofing of doors for example.
With the majority of complaints coming from an ex-office block that has been converted into flats, management of The Old Fire Station which is run by Bournemouth University, moved the smoking area from the back – which faced the block of flats – to the front of the premises as a precautionary measure in an effort to reduce the noise being made by students.
Alan Dove, Commercial Services Manager at Bournemouth University, spoke to us about the review and explains in an exclusive clip the precautionary measures that Fire Station has put into practice.
The licence for any venue is almost in a perpetual state of review, there’s no such thing as getting your licence and banking it for life, things change and things develop around the building.”
Listen to Alan Dove’s precautionary measure’s interview below:
The Old Fire Station has been a student venue since 1995 and the council is always working with night time venues to keep their surrounding businesses and residents happy. So why has the number of complaints risen?
Buzz spoke to Central Bournemouth Councillor David Smith, to find out where problem has come from.
The problem we have is that about two or three years ago, the government gave automatic planning permission to any office blocks that want to convert to residential.
“Just behind The Old Fire Station is an old office block that has been converted into residential and consequentially, the sound insulation of these older blocks is not what you would get in a modern purpose build block of flats, so the noise gets into the flats much easier and that is the main source of the problem.”
Listen to more of Cllr David Smith’s interview below: