Penryn bar faces closure over noise complaints
10:41am Wednesday 10th October 2012 in News
A disgruntled Penryn bar owner stands to lose his licence over allegations of noise pollution and rowdy behaviour outside his premises late into the night.
Ed Hartgill, proprietor of Number 20 has had his license called in for reconsideration following reports passed onto Cornwall county council.
Neighbours next door to and opposite the bar have lodged complaints about noise levels concerning live music and people smoking outside.
Mr Hartgill said: “I just want to run my business without upsetting anyone, but sometimes the balance can be difficult. “Times are hard and you only need to walk through Penryn in the evening to see the tumbleweeds roll down the street.”
It comes at a time when Cornwall council has released figures reviling Penryn has the highest percentage of closed commercial properties in the county. Town clerk, Michelle Davey, recognises the need for overall regeneration and to encourage more people to come to the town: “No complaints have been received by the town council about Number 20 or any other bars. “We understand the importance of the venue to local musicians because the open-mic night helps them gain a foothold on what is a competitive local scene.
“We haven’t wanted to get involved. It’s a listed building so sound proofing may be an issue and this may mean the property isn’t suitable as a bar.”
Mr Hartgill has a signed petition with more than 300 signatures and several letters supporting the continuation of the bar. He went on to say: “I’ve fitted a noise limiter and have invited the Environmental health agency to help set the level. All music stops at 11pm and we now have a doorman every Saturday night.”
Jenny Hutchinson, a member of the Penryn independent traders and owner of Strawberris, a sandwich and pasty shop three doors down, didn’t agree with any of the complaints, saying: “It’s a joke. It’s a lovely little bar and Ed does a fantastic job. Penryn needs all the small businesses it can get. “I feel for all small businesses, there are already enough obstacles in the way and if anyone chooses to live by a bar, they should take on board everything that comes with.”
None of the neighbours were available for comment.