10:12AM, Wednesday 27 July 2016
A decision to extend the licensing hours of Burnham Park Hall during its monthly band nights was made at a parish council meeting on Monday.
The council decided unanimously to apply to extend the hall’s licence from 12am to 1am during the popular gig nights.
Concerns have been raised about the effect an extension will have on noise pollution.
However Burnham Parish Councillor Perry Davies (Con, Burnham Beeches) defended the decision.
Cllr Davies, who is also the Burnham Park Hall Management Committee chairman, said: “There are problems with other businesses and I think we sometimes get the blame for that.”
He pointed out that the hall has a rigorous noise testing system to measure external noise levels.
Cllr Davies admitted worries about late night noise have not been helped by complaints about fireworks launched from the hall’s grounds late at night on Sunday, July 24.
Burnham Park Hall apologised on its Facebook page the next morning saying it had banned the use of fireworks and did not know the group who booked a private function would use them.
Cllr David Pepler (Con, Burnham Lent Rise and Taplow) said: “It is felt that we manage to control the level of noise quite well.
“The reason complaints are made is that when the bars close at 11pm people go to other later night venues in the high street.
“The advantage of this extension is that people drinking in the High Street at the weekend can end up in Burnham Park Hall which helps the upkeep of the place.”
Also discussed at the meeting at Burnham Park Hall was the progress of dementia-friendly toilets in Jennery Lane.
The toilets, which will have a colour scheme designed to help dementia sufferers, are on hold due to a disagreement over specifications between the council and the current builders.
The council says the contractors have refused to complete three items to specification and as a result it is now seeking a new provider.
A council spokesman said: “We are aware of the concerns from residents and we are trying to get them open as soon as possible.”
The meeting took place at Burnham Park Hall in Windsor Lane.
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