Noise from Sugar Sugar making neighbours' lives a miseryBy Jonathan Low
September 24, 2012
Revellers shouting and singing outside a town centre nightclub are making people’s lives a misery, according to a sleep-deprived neighbour.
Sema Mustafa, 48, claims her life has ‘significantly changed’ following the opening of Sugar Sugar in Wellington Road more than a year ago.
Ms Mustafa, who lives with her partner in nearby Oakey Drive, says the noise and disruption caused by revellers has increased since the club began opening its doors during the week.
She said: “Most weekends, and more frequently mid-week, the club opens its doors for events that start from around 8pm to 3am.
“It is quite tricky at the weekends, but the weekdays are even worse.
“There is always a group of approximately 30 to 50, sometimes more, party guests queuing up at the start of the night and spilling out into the area directly outside the venue while the club is in full swing and at the end of the night.
“They shout, sing, swear, scream, are often drunk and have no notion that they are revelling with a residential area close by.
“Car horns are sounded in the early hours and cars screech in and out of the alleyway that leads from the nightclub to the road.”
Ms Mustafa, an events organiser, claims the noise has affected her sleeping pattern as she works full-time and has to be up at 5.30am every morning.
She said: “We both work full time and have to be up very early morning, so not getting to sleep until the early hours really affects us.
“We have gone from living in a relatively quiet community to living opposite a social club which would be better suited in a more central location, away from residential space.
“Since the nightclub opened around a year ago, our lives have significantly changed.
“Not only do we get to hear booming loud music, our flat vibrates with the bass sound, and this is with only the main nightclub doors open.
“When all the window and doors of the venue are open, which they often are, this noise is magnified.”
Ms Mustafa said she also wanted to emphasise the problem because of a new complex of houses and flats close by.
“I feel all potential buyers should be made aware of the possible side effects of living so close to this venue,” she added.
Wokingham Borough Council said it was looking into the problem and had notified the club of the complaint.
Paul Anstey, joint service delivery manager for Wokingham borough and West Berkshire councils said: “The investigation is very much in its infancy and we are trying to establish a picture of the scene.
“We have given Ms Mustafa a log book to record the incidents, and we will be looking to see if there are any irregularities, whether it is continuous, and if there is a pattern.
“We are going to gather as much information as we can before issuing any notices or taking formal action.”
No one was available from the nightclub to comment.