Licensee to pay £6500 for noisy club

The licence holder of Lucky 7’s Snooker and Social Club was fined £3500 and ordered to pay £3000 costs to Hackney Council for seven breaches of a Noise Abatement Order, at Thames Magistrates Court on 14 April 2008.

Mr Sean McCague pleaded guilty to the offences, which took place at the club on Brooksby’s Walk, London E9 between May 2007 and February 2008. Each offence received a £500 fine.

Hackney Council’s Licensing Sub-committee revoked the premises licences for the ground and first floor of the club on 16 October 2007. The Council’s Pollution Team applied for a review of the licences after receiving 20 complaints about noise coming from the club, since September 2005. The review application was supported by four local residents. The club was also staying open beyond the hours permitted by the licence.

Fiona Fletcher Smith, Corporate Director of Neighbourhoods and Regeneration said: “This is a very significant fine, which highlights how seriously persistent noise nuisance is viewed by the Courts. In all cases, officers will try to work with business owners and residents to try to reach a resolve for both parties. Legal action is the final resort but will be taken if all other approaches fail.”

On 19 December 2007, a large amount of noise making equipment was also removed from the club in E5 during a large scale police drugs raid. The equipment has been forfeited and if there is no appeal the Council will dispose of it.

For information on noise nuisance call 020 8356 4455. The out of hours noise service operates from 6.30pm on Thursdays and Sunday and 9pm to 5am on Fridays and Saturday.