A Slough bar is fined for noise violations

Published: 09 August 2018

A Slough bar has been fined more than two thousand pounds for a string of noise complaints, following an investigation by the council.

Paramjit Kaur Dhesi, premises licence holder, and Taranjit Singh Dhanowalia, designated premises supervisor, of The Lounge on London Road, were prosecuted for two noise abatement breaches under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 and collectively fined £2,040 last month.

Dhanowalia pleaded guilty to both charges while Dhesi, who failed to attend, was allocated a guilty plea in her absence.

The hearing, which took place at Reading Magistrates Court, convicted both defendants on 27 July and ordered them to pay a fine of £1,500, £390 towards costs and a victim surcharge of £150.

The bar, located within the Skyways Hotel, was initially examined after a number of complaints were received by the neighbourhood services team in May 2017.

The venue was then issued with a notice which required them not to cause a nuisance to nearby residents.

But in the early hours of 25 December 2017, the council’s out-of-hours noise duty officer visited a nearby property after receiving a complaint.

They found that music coming from The Lounge was audible within the property, to the extent that it was preventing its occupiers from sleeping. This music continued until 2am.

The duty officer was called out again on 30 December, where they witnessed music so loud that it was audible inside a nearby property and again prevented the occupiers from sleeping.

The music continued until the early hours of the morning on 31 December.

During the case, the defence put forward that the bar had been recently taken over and investing in soundproofing and a noise limiter.

They claimed they had also let go of the manager on duty at the time and expressed their desire to apologise to any residents affected.

Additionally they submitted references from local residents and stated their company had been running at a loss for the last two years.

This was all considered by the court before the ruling was passed.

Cabinet member for regulation and consumer protection, Pavitar K. Mann, said: “I’m pleased with the fine issued for these offences. Residents have a right to peace and quiet in their own homes and the level of noise from this bar was unacceptable.

“It’s encouraging to hear they are putting measures in place to prevent such noise escaping in future and we hope they follow through with their plans. If not, we will not hesitate to take court action again.”

To report any similar concerns, please call the council's anti-social behaviour hotline on 01753 875298 or visit our website for some advice.