Party venue will ruin my life, says Steve

Steve Bates – fears his peaceful existence will be disrupted by party venue next door

Steve Bates – fears his peaceful existence will be disrupted by party venue next door

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A DISABLED man fears he could have his peaceful life ruined after plans for a new party venue were given the thumbs up.

The licensing committee at Basildon Council granted a music and alcohol licence for the Old Rectory, in Church Road, Bowers Gifford, last week despite opposition.

Steve Bates, 46, bought his house next door to the Old Rectory 12 years ago when it was an architect’s office.

He was left wheelchair-bound after a motorbike accident in 1986 and struggled to get out and about because of problems with his spine.

Mr Bates said: “The reason we were looking for a property like we have was because of the peace and quiet of the garden.

“We find it hard to go on holiday, so instead we have friends and extended family stay, and in the summer, we spend a lot of time in the garden.

“Now music is going to be played until the early hours every Friday and Saturday. We have family who have toddlers, and they won’t be able to stay anymore because of the disruption.

“It is such a beautiful building we don’t want to see it knocked down, but this just doesn’t seem like the right use.

“People congregate in my garden, that is whatmy life revolves around, but we won’t be able to do that anymore. This is going to ruin my life.”

The licence means events can take place in the grounds of the Old Rectory from 5.30pm until midnight on Saturday and Sunday.

Entertainment and the sale of alcohol is permitted inside the building from 9am until 7pm in the week and 9am until midnight on weekends.

Barking-based JA Phillips Holdings, bought the building last year. It just needs to secure further planning permission to use the building for weddings and corporate events.

It will be decided within the next fewweeks.

The Old Rectory also shares a boundary with Basildon Crematorium and Cemetery.

Mr Bates is set to join forces with Westerleigh Group, which runs the crematorium, to launch an appeal against the licensing decision.

The proposals to hold celebrations next to graves and memorials have been labelled “insensitive”.

Alan Jose, manager of Basildon Crematorium, said: “We really didn’t think the licence would be passed, so it was a great surprise when Basildon Council granted the licence.

“We have a lot of major concerns, so we will clearly be appealing.”

The owners of the Old Rectory have agreed a string of conditions with Basildon Council and Essex Police.

A bouncer will be on the doors from 9pm on weekends and CCTV cameras will be put up in and around the venue.

Council environmental health officers have also requested a noise limiter is installed in a bid to minimise noise disruption.

JA Phillips Holdings wanted a licence until 1am at weekends, but this was reduced by an hour.

Revellers will be able to stay inside the venue for 30 minutes after the music stops and the bar closes.

Notices advising party-goers not to make a nuisance when they leave will be put up, and only people attending events will be able to buy alcohol.

 

 

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6:38am Wed 5 Mar 14

carnmountyouknowitmakessense says...

Firstly this chap needs to wait and see, if firstly the noise levels exceed the decibel acceptance levels, laid down by the environmental health department.
As for using the disabled angled as a form of argument, that is oh so wrong, a cheap trick, in the mean time, try some ear plugs.
Firstly this chap needs to wait and see, if firstly the noise levels exceed the decibel acceptance levels, laid down by the environmental health department. As for using the disabled angled as a form of argument, that is oh so wrong, a cheap trick, in the mean time, try some ear plugs. carnmountyouknowitmakessense
  • Score: -56

8:03am Wed 5 Mar 14

Happy Chickie says...

How can it ruin his life when the venue hasn't even opened?
How can it ruin his life when the venue hasn't even opened? Happy Chickie
  • Score: -23

9:23am Wed 5 Mar 14

Kim Gandy says...

carnmountyouknowitma
kessense
wrote:
Firstly this chap needs to wait and see, if firstly the noise levels exceed the decibel acceptance levels, laid down by the environmental health department.
As for using the disabled angled as a form of argument, that is oh so wrong, a cheap trick, in the mean time, try some ear plugs.
It's not next door to you is it?

I live near music venues and they are not next door but they are within earshot and they disturb my weekends especially in the summer.

When it's on your doorstep you will be the first to complain.

And as far as I can see his main argument is about his family and toddlers who stay with him.

You obviously don't understand how newspapers work.. it is THEY who will have included the disabled argument.

If and when you have lived next door to something that has affected your life badly then I think you will be in a position to criticise others for objecting.
[quote][p][bold]carnmountyouknowitma kessense[/bold] wrote: Firstly this chap needs to wait and see, if firstly the noise levels exceed the decibel acceptance levels, laid down by the environmental health department. As for using the disabled angled as a form of argument, that is oh so wrong, a cheap trick, in the mean time, try some ear plugs.[/p][/quote]It's not next door to you is it? I live near music venues and they are not next door but they are within earshot and they disturb my weekends especially in the summer. When it's on your doorstep you will be the first to complain. And as far as I can see his main argument is about his family and toddlers who stay with him. You obviously don't understand how newspapers work.. it is THEY who will have included the disabled argument. If and when you have lived next door to something that has affected your life badly then I think you will be in a position to criticise others for objecting. Kim Gandy
  • Score: 67

9:24am Wed 5 Mar 14

Kim Gandy says...

oh and I am the first to object to arguments raised on pc grounds. As well you know.
oh and I am the first to object to arguments raised on pc grounds. As well you know. Kim Gandy
  • Score: 11

12:06pm Wed 5 Mar 14

ThisYear says...

Kim Gandy wrote:
carnmountyouknowitma

kessense
wrote:
Firstly this chap needs to wait and see, if firstly the noise levels exceed the decibel acceptance levels, laid down by the environmental health department.
As for using the disabled angled as a form of argument, that is oh so wrong, a cheap trick, in the mean time, try some ear plugs.
It's not next door to you is it?

I live near music venues and they are not next door but they are within earshot and they disturb my weekends especially in the summer.

When it's on your doorstep you will be the first to complain.

And as far as I can see his main argument is about his family and toddlers who stay with him.

You obviously don't understand how newspapers work.. it is THEY who will have included the disabled argument.

If and when you have lived next door to something that has affected your life badly then I think you will be in a position to criticise others for objecting.
Perhaps you could move Kim..they say Yorkshire is a very quiet county..in parts.
[quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]carnmountyouknowitma kessense[/bold] wrote: Firstly this chap needs to wait and see, if firstly the noise levels exceed the decibel acceptance levels, laid down by the environmental health department. As for using the disabled angled as a form of argument, that is oh so wrong, a cheap trick, in the mean time, try some ear plugs.[/p][/quote]It's not next door to you is it? I live near music venues and they are not next door but they are within earshot and they disturb my weekends especially in the summer. When it's on your doorstep you will be the first to complain. And as far as I can see his main argument is about his family and toddlers who stay with him. You obviously don't understand how newspapers work.. it is THEY who will have included the disabled argument. If and when you have lived next door to something that has affected your life badly then I think you will be in a position to criticise others for objecting.[/p][/quote]Perhaps you could move Kim..they say Yorkshire is a very quiet county..in parts. ThisYear
  • Score: -25

1:17pm Wed 5 Mar 14

wickford1962 says...

Using the disabled angle by the person and paper is cheap, this is nothing to do with disability. Its just a not unreasonable NIMBYism argument which we would all feel the same.
Using the disabled angle by the person and paper is cheap, this is nothing to do with disability. Its just a not unreasonable NIMBYism argument which we would all feel the same. wickford1962
  • Score: -4

1:24pm Wed 5 Mar 14

DogsMessInLeigh says...

wickford1962 wrote:
Using the disabled angle by the person and paper is cheap, this is nothing to do with disability. Its just a not unreasonable NIMBYism argument which we would all feel the same.
and bringing in the '2 toddlers' line.....saying they won't be able to stay round anymore...!! Babys/Toddlers can sleep through anything.
[quote][p][bold]wickford1962[/bold] wrote: Using the disabled angle by the person and paper is cheap, this is nothing to do with disability. Its just a not unreasonable NIMBYism argument which we would all feel the same.[/p][/quote]and bringing in the '2 toddlers' line.....saying they won't be able to stay round anymore...!! Babys/Toddlers can sleep through anything. DogsMessInLeigh
  • Score: -19

4:45pm Wed 5 Mar 14

iknoweverything says...

don't worry too much, it will fail and go bankrupt within a year anyway.
don't worry too much, it will fail and go bankrupt within a year anyway. iknoweverything
  • Score: 11

5:05pm Wed 5 Mar 14

Ed Woods says...

More noise from living slap bang next to the A13.
More noise from living slap bang next to the A13. Ed Woods
  • Score: -11

6:42pm Wed 5 Mar 14

sunnydd says...

Consideration should be given to local residents. Venues often have negative behaviour such as noise, drunken arguments/ fights, collapsing drinkers, drug use, vomit & under age drinkers. Also smokers standing outside smoking, litter & noise.
Licenses are not revoked often enough & those providing/ running these venues should be more responsible for the actions of their "customers".
They should be made to pay when emergency services are called out due to drunks & drug taking in their premises.
Mr Bates don't give up fighting against this & if it happens keep a diary of any events where fights, disturbances, emergency service attendance etc, present this information to the council.
Consideration should be given to local residents. Venues often have negative behaviour such as noise, drunken arguments/ fights, collapsing drinkers, drug use, vomit & under age drinkers. Also smokers standing outside smoking, litter & noise. Licenses are not revoked often enough & those providing/ running these venues should be more responsible for the actions of their "customers". They should be made to pay when emergency services are called out due to drunks & drug taking in their premises. Mr Bates don't give up fighting against this & if it happens keep a diary of any events where fights, disturbances, emergency service attendance etc, present this information to the council. sunnydd
  • Score: 21

8:30pm Wed 5 Mar 14

Bolloximian says...

Mr. Bates has my full support. I don't see that he's playing on his disability, as has been suggested by some, but is simply putting his case. His life is probably not an easy one as it is and will undoubtably be made even more difficult if this does go ahead. Give the man a break !
Mr. Bates has my full support. I don't see that he's playing on his disability, as has been suggested by some, but is simply putting his case. His life is probably not an easy one as it is and will undoubtably be made even more difficult if this does go ahead. Give the man a break ! Bolloximian
  • Score: 27

12:01am Thu 6 Mar 14

carnmountyouknowitmakessense says...

Kim Gandy wrote:
carnmountyouknowitma

kessense
wrote:
Firstly this chap needs to wait and see, if firstly the noise levels exceed the decibel acceptance levels, laid down by the environmental health department.
As for using the disabled angled as a form of argument, that is oh so wrong, a cheap trick, in the mean time, try some ear plugs.
It's not next door to you is it?

I live near music venues and they are not next door but they are within earshot and they disturb my weekends especially in the summer.

When it's on your doorstep you will be the first to complain.

And as far as I can see his main argument is about his family and toddlers who stay with him.

You obviously don't understand how newspapers work.. it is THEY who will have included the disabled argument.

If and when you have lived next door to something that has affected your life badly then I think you will be in a position to criticise others for objecting.
You'd never live next door to a noisy venue, though you could live under door, being above Blanco
[quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]carnmountyouknowitma kessense[/bold] wrote: Firstly this chap needs to wait and see, if firstly the noise levels exceed the decibel acceptance levels, laid down by the environmental health department. As for using the disabled angled as a form of argument, that is oh so wrong, a cheap trick, in the mean time, try some ear plugs.[/p][/quote]It's not next door to you is it? I live near music venues and they are not next door but they are within earshot and they disturb my weekends especially in the summer. When it's on your doorstep you will be the first to complain. And as far as I can see his main argument is about his family and toddlers who stay with him. You obviously don't understand how newspapers work.. it is THEY who will have included the disabled argument. If and when you have lived next door to something that has affected your life badly then I think you will be in a position to criticise others for objecting.[/p][/quote]You'd never live next door to a noisy venue, though you could live under door, being above Blanco carnmountyouknowitmakessense
  • Score: 2

1:59am Thu 6 Mar 14

CHRISTMAS CAROL says...

Dont understand some stupid comments. Understand Mr Bates's problem though. Good luck, wont last anyway council tax will be too high.
Dont understand some stupid comments. Understand Mr Bates's problem though. Good luck, wont last anyway council tax will be too high. CHRISTMAS CAROL
  • Score: 5

2:21am Thu 6 Mar 14

Sagefields says...

Happy Chickie wrote:
How can it ruin his life when the venue hasn't even opened?
Thats the benefit of the future tense.
[quote][p][bold]Happy Chickie[/bold] wrote: How can it ruin his life when the venue hasn't even opened?[/p][/quote]Thats the benefit of the future tense. Sagefields
  • Score: 7

7:37am Thu 6 Mar 14

Kursaal76 says...

he lives in a old architect’s office that he changed into a house and now expects local business to change to suit him. if you move next to a business deal with what is coming or move on.
he lives in a old architect’s office that he changed into a house and now expects local business to change to suit him. if you move next to a business deal with what is coming or move on. Kursaal76
  • Score: -7

12:40pm Thu 6 Mar 14

w-jback says...

Kursaal76 wrote:
he lives in a old architect’s office that he changed into a house and now expects local business to change to suit him. if you move next to a business deal with what is coming or move on.
I think it was the Rectory that was an Architects office, His house has always been a house.
[quote][p][bold]Kursaal76[/bold] wrote: he lives in a old architect’s office that he changed into a house and now expects local business to change to suit him. if you move next to a business deal with what is coming or move on.[/p][/quote]I think it was the Rectory that was an Architects office, His house has always been a house. w-jback
  • Score: 8

7:17pm Thu 6 Mar 14

Idontknowy says...

Kursaal76 wrote:
he lives in a old architect’s office that he changed into a house and now expects local business to change to suit him. if you move next to a business deal with what is coming or move on.
No it was the rectory that was an architects office. Far as I know architects don't play loud music until midnight every weekend and have loads of people the worse for drink coming out at midnight. That's why the chap bought his place because he thought it would be quiet. Who would envisage an architect's office being changed to a party venue.
[quote][p][bold]Kursaal76[/bold] wrote: he lives in a old architect’s office that he changed into a house and now expects local business to change to suit him. if you move next to a business deal with what is coming or move on.[/p][/quote]No it was the rectory that was an architects office. Far as I know architects don't play loud music until midnight every weekend and have loads of people the worse for drink coming out at midnight. That's why the chap bought his place because he thought it would be quiet. Who would envisage an architect's office being changed to a party venue. Idontknowy
  • Score: 7

10:15pm Thu 6 Mar 14

Ed Woods says...

Ed Woods wrote:
More noise from living slap bang next to the A13.
I should have added the properties in question are right next to the A13. What is louder - the roar of traffic from the A13 or the occasional loud music?
[quote][p][bold]Ed Woods[/bold] wrote: More noise from living slap bang next to the A13.[/p][/quote]I should have added the properties in question are right next to the A13. What is louder - the roar of traffic from the A13 or the occasional loud music? Ed Woods
  • Score: -1

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