Restrictions on Lancaster nightclub after noise complaint

The Dalton Rooms, in Dalton Square, Lancaster
The Dalton Rooms, in Dalton Square, Lancaster

A Lancaster nightclub has had conditions placed on its licence following complaints about noise and late night rowdy behaviour.

The Dalton Rooms, in Dalton Square, was the subject of a licence review hearing at Lancaster Town Hall on Wednesday November 18.

Two residents in Wesley House, off Dalton Square, complained about late night noise associated with the venue.

Licensee Grant Stringer said he had spent thousands of pounds on addressing the issues, including sound proofing interior walls, “echo barriers” outside the front door, and moving smokers to the back of his premises.

Lancaster City Council’s licensing committee accepted a range of measures presented by Mr Stringer to try and reduce the effects of noise on residents living in and around Dalton Square.

This included shutting off the front doors of the venue between 2am and close of business each night – directing customers to the back of the premises, and putting in place echo barriers from 11pm from Thursday to Monday. The Dalton Rooms is open until 4am on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights.

Colin Wood, who moved to Wesley House in March, said: “I’ve been getting really ill with this and losing sleep. People have been urinating on Queen Victoria’s monument – both men and women.

“I’m frightened to go to sleep because I know the noise is coming.”

Micheal Nunn, who also lives in Wesley House, said: “I think most reasonable people would not object to some levels of noise on a Friday and Saturday night, but I think we could query the need for clubbing on a Sunday and Monday night.”

Liz Hickingbotham, Lancaster BID manager, said there was concern that new city centre accommodation could have an adverse effect on the city’s nightlife.

She added: “The BID is very keen that the city centre night time economy thrives and serves the community well and generates an economy into the city.”

Other measures agreed include: Door supervisors to monitor and regulate queues, customers not allowed to smoke in the foyer at the front entrance after 11pm Thursday to Monday and will be directed into St Mary’s Street, doors and windows to be kept closed whenever there is entertainment apart from access and egress, music in the bar area of Dalton Rooms must be played through a sound limiting device, and contact number will be provided for any interested party.