A FORMER bar and restaurant in a Sheffield park is due to reopen today (Thursday) after being granted a licence in the face of worries among nearby residents about late-night noise.
Dam House in Crookes Valley Park can stay open as a pub until midnight Sundays to Wednesdays and 1am on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays – as the applicants requested.
But councillors imposed conditions to help protect the peace and quiet of neighbours.
They include no music outside the premises and the door to the terrace being closed at 10.30pm. There can be no musical entertainment until a sound system has been installed and approved.
After concerns about promotional material targeting students and highlighting cheap alcohol, a council licensing committee ruled that all promotional activity should be approved by the designated premises supervisor.
Many critics welcomed the prospect of the reopening of the building but were alarmed that its focus appeared to be shifting from a family-orientated venue to one more directed at students, with live and recorded music and dancing.
More than 20 representations were made to the council, raising worries about noise, the risk of crime in the park at night and the dangers of people falling into the lake, and asking for strict conditions if the licence was granted.
Dam House manager James Travis has promised householders that Dam House will not become a nightclub but will welcome families, professionals and students.
After the council verdict, Green Party Broomhill ward candidate Bernard Little said: “The residents of adjacent Harcourt Road marshalled a very strong case for a family-friendly business to operate at the Dam House. Everybody at the meeting wanted the Dam House to succeed but real concerns remain over the noise and public safety impact on local residents.
“I share concerns expressed about initial promotional material which appears to promote it as a cheap drinks and entertainment venue targeting young people.
“The owners have offered to work with the local community and I will be watching closely to see if promises to make the Dam House family friendly are kept.”