Complaints see new Bury St Edmunds bar’s licence under review

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A bar that opened less than 12 months ago is having its licence reviewed following noise complaints from nearby residents.

Under its current licence, Bar Milan, in St John’s Street, Bury St Edmunds, is able to open from 4pm to 1am Tuesday to Saturday, playing music and serving food and alcohol.

But Andrew Newman, St Edmundsbury Borough Council’s public health and housing manager, has applied to have its licence reviewed in order to prevent it from causing a public nuisance.

The application says ‘the level of noise arising from Bar Milan is giving rise to nuisance and loss of amenity to nearby residential occupiers’.

It cites ‘amplified music and speech from within’ and ‘speech and noise from patrons immediately outside’ as disturbing residents of adjoining properties.

It also says a condition of the licence, which states that ‘full soundproofing will stop the escape of noise into neighbouring buildings’, is not being met.

A council spokesman said a hearing was likely to be held on July 9, when environmental health would recommend Bar Milan’s hours of operation be reduced.

It has the option to amend the licence conditions, reduce the bar’s hours of operation or revoke or suspend its licence.

The closing date for representations to the council is June 24.