Boardwalk plan runs into neighbour protest

Plans to reopen the former Boardwalk live music venue as a gay club and bar have prompted objections from neighbours worried about the noise and other disturbance.

The landlord of apartments in Bank Street and solicitors on the same road are raising concerns over the impact of the new venue with potential opening hours of 10am to 6.20am.

Councillors are due to consider next Tuesday a licence for a club called Fuel in the old Boardwalk and a bar called Twist in the old Under The Boardwalk, off Snig Hill.

The aim of the application from Forbidden Leisure Ltd is to create a new city centre home for Sheffield’s gay community. Fuel was previously in Eyre Street, near Furnival Gate, closing six years ago.

David Staniland, landlord of apartments in Bank Street, is telling the council that the proposal to serve alcohol into the early hours is “unreasonable and unnecessary, which could pose a very real and significant threat to the wellbeing and possible safety” of tenants as a result of “excessive noise, public nuisance and possible anti-social behaviour”.

It is ironic, he says, that before he was granted planning permission he had to acoustically insulate walls and windows to protect tenants from external noise, only to learn weeks later that a licence was being considered that would “undoubtedly increase noise in the area”.

Meanwhile partners in solicitors Favell Smith & Lawson say they are concerned about noise during the day, when they see clients, and of the prospect of anti-social behaviour.

The company’s offices back on to the rear of the former Boardwalk, and they fear a smoking area would cause “very significant noise problems”.

Council environmental protection officers have drawn up a list of conditions if the application is approved. They include a nominated member of staff being responsible for controlling noise and checking there are no problems outside, and ordering further sound insulation if necessary.

The licence for the Boardwalk stipulated closing no later than 20 minutes past midnight weekdays and 2.20am weekends.Councillors will decide what conditions to attach to any licence.