Late night bar licence suspended

A late night bar in Folkestone has had its licence suspended for three months following scores of complaints about noise and disturbance


The Licensing Sub-Committee made the decision after hearing representations from environmental health and planning officers, Kent Police, and a catalogue of concerns from local residents about the Bank Bar in Castle Hill Avenue.

The suspension means that the bar has had to cease trading and will not be allowed to re-open until it has met conditions designed to reduce the nuisance, conditions including:

  • an earlier closing time, lowered from 3.00am to 11.30pm, with live and recorded music and alcohol sales ending at 11.00pm
  • installing a noise limiter, set at a prescribed level
  • ensuring at least one Security Industry Authority registered doorman is present at all times when live music or events take place
  • installing double doors at the front entrance
  • ensuring that a Designated Premises Supervisor is on site during opening hours
  • limiting the number of people in the smoking area to 10 at any time and not allowing inebriated customers in the smoking area
  • no alcoholic drinks to be taken outside the premises or in the smoking area after 9.00pm

Cllr Russell Tillson, Chairman of the Committee said councillors had listened to the concerns of local people, some of whom gave evidence to the committee in person.

The disturbance caused by late night noise and the behaviour of certain customers was intolerable. No efforts appear to have been made voluntarily by the business to reduce the impact it had on others. As a council we recognise the benefits of the night-time economy but this must not be at a cost to people who want to enjoy the peace of their homes or simply get a good night's sleepCllr Russell Tillson