Giving up all hope

PUBLISHED: 11:45 02 August 2007 | UPDATED: 15:12 12 May 2010

I HAVE now for many months asked North Herts District Council to act in respect of the constant noise from the Barracuda Bar in Royston. I have now given up all hope. Did our council not tell us that enforcement action is taking place over the illuminat

I HAVE now for many months asked North Herts District Council to act in respect of the constant noise from the Barracuda Bar in Royston.

I have now given up all hope.

Did our council not tell us that enforcement action is taking place over the illuminated signs? They are still displayed as bold as brass.

You will recall a letter from the council to The Crow stating that it was aware of the planning breach the day it happened? It has been months now. What a laughing stock.

I will also remind readers of the Barracuda's late licence.

As a requirement of the late licence, the Barracuda was obliged by law to install an airlock style door to prevent noise from the doors being opened while the smokers went into the garden.

As far as I can tell, the doors are the exact same that were there two years ago, open to smokers until 2am. You may as well open the garden to drinkers until 2am.

I have asked the head of the licencing department why this is allowed to happen, and why the council is not enforcing the licence.

My query was passed to another department and I've heard nothing.

Last weekend I was kept awake until 2am. Does the council think that those living in earshot of this pub are immune from being kept awake?

If the council does not believe me, I would ask it to set up a simple sound recorder - and check the recording up until 2am.

The simple solution is to revert to 11pm.

A late licence means drinking as much as you can until 2am.

It is sad that the only way you can get any response or action from the district council, and our own town council is to shame them.

I hope that Mr Brown does a U-turn on late licences as he did with the super-casinos.

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