Sunday opening for Barkisland venue

A POPULAR Halifax venue has been allowed to extend its opening hours.

Owners of The Venue, at Barkisland, had requested the amendment of a planning condition to allow them to open on Sundays and bank holidays.

The previous condition had only allowed The Venue to be open 8am until midnight Monday to Thursday and 8am to 1am on Fridays and Saturdays with no opening on Sundays and bank holidays.

Adrian Moore, from The Venue, spoke to councillors at a meeting of Calderdale Council’s Planning Committee, held at Halifax Town Hall.

He said that the existing condition was stopping them competing on a level playing field with other similar businesses.

Residents had complained that The Venue kept them awake late into the night and set off fireworks.

However, Calderdale Council Planning Committee heard that the owners had only ever set off fireworks once on New Year’s Eve 2009.

Residents also said that their children had been kept awake late at night and people were congregating outside the venue.

Mr Moore said they had taken steps to insulate the building and had invested in a new PA system to cut noise pollution.

He also said that the function centre only held events for around 160 nights of the year.

Councillors voted unanimously in favour of the amendment to plannig conditions which means The Venue will now be open from 9am to 11pm on Sundays and bank holidays.

They must also give advanced notice to the Council for approval over any firework displays they may be planning in the future.

Coun Martin Peel (Con, Sowerby Bridge) said: “I can’t see anything wrong with an 11pm license.”

Managing director Nigel Clegg said: “We are really pleased with the result and we are looking at working with local residents to make sure there are no further issues.

“We have been working with Calderdale Council and the Environmental Health Department and have implemented a number of measures they have recommended to minimise any problems with our neighbours.

“We will now be able to open and compete with everyone else on Sundays and Bank Holidays.

“It also opens the possibility of holding multi-cultural weddings with a lot of Asian weddings traditionally held on a Sunday.”